India opener Mayank Agarwal talked about the training session the squad had in Durham before their first warm-up match.
Mayank Agarwal, who was dropped from the playing eleven against England at home, is likely to open alongside Rohit Sharma in Shubman Gill’s absence against England. Gill has been ruled out for a couple of months after sustaining a leg injury.
The Indian team, barring the ones who are in quarantine, had their first intense practice session and the BCCI uploaded the video of the same on Sunday morning.
“It was good to regroup and come to the Durham cricket ground. It was not a heavy session but it was a session where we all got together, grouped, and played together. We just want to ease into things.
“Obviously getting a chance to hit at the ground and the open net is fantastic. It feels good to play in the actual ground so you get the real feel of wickets, conditions, and everything else. It’s more of a top off but the main session is at the ground and which is available to us which is great,” he added.
India will take on a County Select XI in a 3-day match at Emirates Riverside.
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Covid-19 hits Team India in England
As many as five members of the Indian contingent in England are in quarantine. First Rishabh Pant tested positive for the virus on July 8 and has been in isolation since. He was not staying at the team hotel so he is unlikely to have affected any other India players, and, according to a BCCI release, is “on his way to recovery”. Pant will be allowed to join the rest of the India squad after returning two negative RT-PCR tests.
Later, training assistant Dayanand Garani returned a positive result on July 14. Three other people – bowling coach Bharat Arun, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, and reserve opener Abhimanyu Easwaran – were placed in a 10-day quarantine as they were in close contact with Garani.