Rohit Sharma is leading the Indians in the warm-up game while Hanuma Vihari and KL Rahul have been slotted at the No.4 and 5 spots respectively.
Amid numerous speculations on social media regarding the possible reasons behind the absence of the Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, the BCCI have revealed the same via an official press release.
The press release has revealed that Virat Kohli is sitting out of the warm-up game on the advice of the BCCI medical team after the Indian captain complained of some stiffness in his back on Monday evening.
“Captain Virat Kohli felt some stiffness in his back on late Monday evening and he has been advised rest from the three-day first-class warm-up game by the BCCI Medical Team,” revealed the press release.
As far as Ajinkya Rahane is concerned, the statement stated that the vice-captain has a mild swelling around his left hamstring and he has been given an injection.
Rahane is, however, expected to be fully fit before the Test series opener against England, starting August 04 in Nottingham.
”Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has mild swelling around his left upper hamstring. This has been addressed by an injection. He is not available for the three-day first-class warm-up game. The BCCI Medical Team is monitoring him, and he is expected to fully recover well in time for the first Test against England starting from 4th August at Nottingham,” added the BCCI.
Meanwhile, the Indian batters have failed to make the most of the opportunity in the ongoing warm-up game against the County Select XI. The likes of Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Hanuma Vihari got off to a start but eventually failed due to some shot selection. KL Rahul, however, is looking in good touch and at the time of writing, he had raced his way to a half-century.