New Delhi: Indian cricketers, who are undergoing 10-day quarantine ahead of the final of the World Test Championship (WTC), played a two-day intra-squad practice match at the Hampshire Bowl. This match started on Friday. Both these teams were captained by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.
Indian team played an intrasquad match
The Indian cricket team played an intra-squad match in Southampton before the final of the ICC World Test Championship. It is being seen as preparation before the real clash against New Zealand. The BCCI has also posted a video of a few moments of this match. In which, India captain Virat Kohli has seen batting, defending and clipping the ball with his toes. Also, Shubman Gill is seen playing the shots openly. Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Siraj are seen bowling.
Pant and Gill in excellent form
In this intra-squad practice match, the team’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and opening batsman Shubman Gill batted wonderfully. While Pant had hit a half-century on the first day, he continued his brilliant batting on the second day as well, scoring an unbeaten 121 runs in just 94 balls. Apart from this, Gill also scored 85 runs off 135 balls. This form of these two batsmen of Team India before the WTC final is a good sign.
Series to be played with England also
The Indian team is on a three-and-a-half-month tour of England, where it will play the WTC final against New Zealand from June 18 and then play a five-Test series in August-September. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India is not allowed to play for any local club or county team as before. Even New Zealand played a warm-up match after reaching Southampton last month.