The Indian test team is gearing up for the five-match test series against England. They will play a three-day warm-up game against County XI at Emirates Riverside starting on Tuesday, July 20. Ahead of the tour game, the Indian team indulged in a fun practice session in Durham.
In a video shared by the BCCI, India’s fielding coach R. Sridhar explained the fielding drill. He said:
“Today’s session kicked off with team drills and team competitions. It will activate the team. We began with the catching, direct hits, and throwing accurately to the bowler’s end which got them going. Direct hits are very important even though it is Test cricket.”
“Then we moved on to a game, under-arm throwing — a very underestimated part of cricket. It included speed and agility and changing of direction for the boys,” Sridhar added.
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Virat’s team won the competition: R Sridhar
The Indian squad was divided into two groups – one comprising of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and others, while the second group included the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara.
“We had two teams, one was obviously Virat, Rohit and most of them in the one team and the other was completely taken over by Ashwin and Pujji so it was a tight competition. After some rolling backs of the scoreboard and some debates… eventually, Virat’s team took the competition with a 10-8 lead over the other team. Pujji and Ashwin were convinced they won, the scoreboard said 10-8 but those two were convinced that I cheated sided with the team which won,” said R Sridhar.
The Indian team will play their second tour match later this month. The five-match Test series starts against England on August 4, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.