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Smit Trivedi
Posted on 23 Jun, 2022
By Smit Trivedi
On 23 Jun, 2022
By Smit Trivedi
On 23 Jun, 2022

India To Play Against Pujara, Bumrah During Warm Up Match

India’s cricket team have been gearing up their preparations for the highly anticipated Test match. They are all set to begin their tour to England with a four day warm up match against Leicestershire County Club starting June 23.  After a couple of net practice sessions, Rohit Sharma and co are prepared for the warm up game having announced their playing XI.

Check Out India’s playing XI against Leicestershire

Playing XI : Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav.

Notably, the likes of Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara, Prasidh Krishna and Jasprit Bumrah are missing from the playing XI. They have been added to the rival Leicestershire County Cricket Club (LCCC)  squad and will play under the captaincy of Sam Evans in this fixture.

The England club released a statement reading, “India superstars Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna will all team up with the Leicestershire squad, captained by opening batsman Sam Evans. LCCC, BCCI and the ECB have all agreed to allow the four players from the visiting camp to be part of the Running Foxes side, in order to allow all members of the travelling party to participate in the fixture (subject to fitness). The match will be played with 13 players per side to provide further flexibility and help manage bowling workloads.”


Sharma will lead the visitors with the Indian Test captain set to open the batting with Shubman Gill. Virat Kohli has also been drafted to feature in this warm-up game alongside Hanuma Vihari. Shreyas Iyer, who played in the recently conceded T20I series against South Africa joined up with the team in UK will bat in the middle order with KS Bharat donning the gloves.

All the eyes will also be on Ravindra Jadeja, with the all-rounder returning to action after recovering from a rib injury. He had a very poor outing during IPL 2022 campaign and will be eager to cement a spot in the playing XI in Ashwin’s absence. The Men in Blue has picked up 6 pacers for the upcoming series. Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and all-rounder Shardul Thakur are confirmed to play in the warmup game. 

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The warmup game will provide good match practice for Indian cricketers who have not played any red ball cricket in the last few months. After the clash against Leicestershire, India will take on England, playing the rescheduled fifth Test match starting from July 1 with the visitors currently leading the series by a 2-1 margin. 

Following the Test match, the Men in Blue will take on the Three Lions in six white-ball matches. The tourists will play a three-match T20I series starting July 7 with the three One-Day Internationals scheduled to begin from 12 July onwards.

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