India vs Select County XI: Team India, who went on a tour of India, will play a three-day warm-up match against Select County XI from tomorrow. Mayank Agarwal will open the innings in this match. On the other hand, KL Rahul will take over the chase in the absence of regular wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
This match will start at 04:30 PM Indian time. Along with this, there will also be a live broadcast of this match. According to Durham Cricket, you will be able to watch this match on its official YouTube channel.
According to BCCI sources, Rishabh Pant has completed a 10-day quarantine in London after testing positive for COVID-19 and is recovering, but is yet to attend the team’s bio-bubble in Durham. Also, Wriddhiman Saha will also not be a part of Team India in this match. In such a situation, Rahul will play the role of wicketkeeper in this practice match.
However, the eyes of the team management will be on Mayank Agarwal as he will open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma in the first Test of the five-match Test series against England after the injured Shubman Gill is ruled out of the series. Mayank has not been in good shape since the tour of Australia. He was dropped from the playing XI after Rohit’s arrival in Australia.
Rahul has also scored most of his 2000 runs in Test career while opening the innings. It is understood that if one of the experienced batsmen fails to find the rhythm, then Rahul could be used as a middle-order batsman.
At the same time, this team of County XI consists mostly of young players, in which only James Brose is part of the current England international team. However, Team India can try both Rahul and Mayank in the opening in their second innings. By the way, due to the match being of three days, the possibility of second innings is not much. On the other hand, in the bowling department, Mohammad Siraj would like to test himself and Jasprit Bumrah would like to pick up a few wickets to get the momentum.