Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli
Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli. (Credits: Twitter)

Team India has resumed their net sessions in Durham ahead of the five-match Test series that begins next week against England in Nottingham. The Virat Kohli-led outfit will engage in their next assignment on the English shores after a humbling eight-wicket loss in the World Test Championship final to New Zealand in Southampton. The likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Rishabh Pant were all seen practising.

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Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane warming up was a massive boost as both of them did not play in the practice match against the County Select XI in Durham. Captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. Kohli and Rahane did not feature in the three-day practice game against the County Select XI in Durham as the former had a stiff back and the latter had a swollen hamstring.

KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja
KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja stitched a partnership over 100 runs. (Photo: BCCI/Twitter)

However, the experienced duo returned to the nets soon and will aim to be at their best for the series. The three-day warm-up match saw KL Rahul impressing the most, scoring a hundred in the first innings, while Ravindra Jadeja made a half-century. They added over 100 between them to rescue their side from a precarious position. Pace bowler Mohammed Siraj also made an irrefutable case for selection in the opening Test, remaining amongst the wickets.

The visitors would also have reinforcements in the form of Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw in place of Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, and Washington Sundar. All three have returned home due to injuries. Even though the English side seems brittle, India have to be their best to beat them, especially with the bat. Though Kohli starred with the bat in their visit three years ago, the other batsmen could not chip in much. Sam Curran, the seam-bowling all-rounder, also had a significant bearing in England’s 4-1 victory over India in the series in 2018.

Sam Curran
Sam Curran. Image-Reuters.

Below are the posts shared by the BCCI of India’s training session: