The Indian team on the tour (IND vs ENG) has to play a 5-match Test series. Earlier, opener Mayank Agarwal will have to face a litmus test in the three-day matches against County XI starting in Durham from July 20. In this practice series, his friend KL Rahul got a chance as a wicketkeeper in the absence of Rishabh Pant. After this practice match, the Test series (India vs England) will start between the two teams from August 4.
Team management wanted to play first class match
For information, let us tell you that this match has the status of a first class match. Which Team India is going to play for the first time in the last several years. Former captain of the team MS Dhoni had to say that, not all players get a chance for a practice match due to an official match. At present, the team management wanted to play first-class matches to get back in form before the Test series starting from the coming month.
A big information was also received from BCCI sources. The India-England 5-match Test series is to begin from August 4. But, before that the Indian team wants to regain its momentum. In this practice match, all eyes will be on Mayank Agarwal.
KL Rahul will take over the responsibility of wicketkeeper
Sources said that after coming positive in the Kovid-19 test, Rishabh Pant has completed his 10-day quarantine in London itself. However, he has not been included in the team’s bio-bubble in Durham so far. Talking in this matter on the condition of confidentiality, a BCCI official said that,
Even if Rishabh Pant reaches on time for the practice match, he will be given enough rest to regain the fitness required for the match. They do not have any symptoms related to the virus. But, there will be a need for good practice before the Test starting in Nottingham.
While talking further, he also told that, both Pant and Wriddhiman Saha, who is spending time in quarantine as a precaution, will be available for the first Test. In such a situation, KL Rahul, a friend of Mayank Agarwal, will be seen as a wicketkeeper in this practice match.
Mayank Agarwal Gill can be a better option
At present, the eyes of the team management will be on opener Mayank Agarwal. Because Shubman Gill has been out of this entire series due to injury. In such a situation, planning is being made to take him as an opening with Rohit Sharma. Although he has not been in some special form since the tour of Australia. Even with the entry of Rohit Sharma, he had to suffer in the last 11.
Talk about KL Rahul, so far in his Test career, he has done 2000 runs only while starting his innings. In such a situation, it is being said that if an experienced batsman fails in the top order or middle order, then Rahul can be used.