Roman Walker of Leicestershire unexpectedly shot into cricket fans’ attention after outperforming all expectations in his county team’s exhibition game against India.
In the opening Indian inning, the 21-year-old grabbed four wickets, including those of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
As Team India gets ready for the rescheduled Test match against England commencing on July 1, he also had the opportunity to play with players like Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah, who played for the Leicestershire XI. Roman Walker joined Pant at the crease after entering the game for Leicestershire at number 9 and went on to make a solid 34, giving a good account of himself.
Rishabh Pant Was Great Fun To Bat With: Roman Walker
Leicestershire was able to surpass India’s first innings total thanks to a 70-run partnership between Rishabh Pant and Roman Walker. Both batters contributed at a respectable rate, and the tandem had its fair share of aggressive batting and flare. Walker was eager to compliment Pant’s hitting and the teamwork he had displayed toward him and the other Leicestershire players.
“It was great, Pant has been great with our boys. He is great fun to bat with. He smiles whenever he plays a rogue shot,” said Roman Walker, speaking to Leicestershire’s media team.
“If he gets away with it, he laughs, if he doesn’t, he laughs.” After scoring 76, Pant attempted to take the long-handle towards Ravindra Jadeja but was unable to continue after top-edging a ball and was caught by Shreyas Iyer, a former colleague from the Delhi Capitals.
“It’s a great thing to learn from the other end. Just talking to him about options, how to play different bowlers, very valuable.”
They enjoyed lunch at the same table during the game’s breaks, according to reports, and several Leicestershire players praised Pant and the other Indians who were playing for their club. Pant, who was known for being a positive and optimistic person, was frequently captured on video making jokes and chit-chatting with the slips cordon.
Walker has never competed in a first-class match for Leicestershire, but his impressive displays with the bat and the ball are guaranteed to attract notice and, in time, lead to calls-ups to more senior levels of the game.