The three-day warm-up game between Team India and County Select XI got underway at Chester-le-Street in Durham on Tuesday.
And, the Indian players are sporting black armbands on their shoulders in the ongoing fixture.
Indian team is sporting a black armband to mourn the unfortunate and untimely demise of former Indian batsman and 1983 World Cup-winner, Yashpal Sharma.
One of the key architects of the 1983 World Cup win, Yashpal Sharma passed away on the morning of July 13 after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest at his residence.
The BCCI revealed the same on their social media handles shortly after Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal strolled out to bat.
“#TeamIndia are sporting black armbands to mourn the sad demise of former India cricketer Yashpal Sharma ji, who sadly passed away on 13th July after a cardiac arrest. Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc was his teammate in the 1983 World Cup winning squad,” wrote the BCCI.
#TeamIndia are sporting black armbands to mourn the sad demise of former India cricketer Yashpal Sharma ji, who sadly passed away on 13th July after a cardiac arrest. Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc was his teammate in the 1983 World Cup winning squad. pic.twitter.com/A72aZ258aT
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 20, 2021
Team India’s top-order falter n the morning session of the warm-up game
Meanwhile, the visitors, who are without the likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, R. Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, and Ishant Sharma in the warm-up game, got off to a poor start to their first innings.
The visitors lost their stand-in skipper, Rohit Sharma, who holed out at mid-wicket while trying to pull a Lydon James half-tracker.
Mayank Agarwal played some gorgeous strokes during his 35-ball 28 but once he got undone by a nip-backer from James.
Cheteshwar Pujara was the last wicket to fall before the lunch break. Pujara was outfoxed by spinner Jack Carson, who preempted the former’s move to dance down the track, and ended up dragging his length back.
Pujara was caught in no man’s land and ended up getting stumped. The visitors went into the Lunch break at 3/80 after 30 overs with Hanuma Vihari and KL Rahul unbeaten.