Bhangra in the UK, surprised?

Indian dancers welcomed overnight batsmen Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya to the crease on Day 2. It happened when the two Indian batsmen walked out to the centre at  County Ground, Chelmsford. Karthik was unbeaten on 82 while Pandya was 33 not out when play resumed on Thursday. But it seems the ‘bhangra’ dancers added flavour to the 30day warm-up game. BCCI posted a video on their Twitter page, which read, “The two batters make their way to the ground with a traditional welcome by the locals.”

Here is the highly-talked about video:

Huge crowds and massive fervour is always expected when team India play, be it any part of the globe. Cricket is followed like a religion in India and that was apparent even in the UK on July 26. Unfortunately, Dinesh Karthik was dismissed off the very first ball of the second morning. He departed trying to cut a wide ball from Paul Walter, who had also dismissed a well-set Virat Kohli for 68 and Murali Vijay.

Earlier on day 1, the visitors got off to a dreadful start after winning the toss, losing Dhawan and Pujara early for a golden duck and 1 respectively. It was Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay’s half-centuries that brought the Indian inning back on track. Once they departed the score was 201/5.

Kohli was out for a brilliant 68, but the fashion in which he was dismissed reminded us of 2014 when he had a disastrous English summer. That year he got off 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests, averaging 13.50 in his 10 innings. In coloured clothes then, he got scores of 0, 40, 1* and 13. He will certainly like to rectify that and put the record straight.

KL Rahul too got out on 58, when he was looking set for a hundred. He was out playing an ambitious shot, something he has been guilty of in the past. What would concern India is Ajinkya Rahane (17 of 47 balls) and Cheteshwar Pujara’s form.

It would be interesting to see how the spinners operate and the purchase they get. All the batsman apart from Pujara, Dhawan has got a good hit ahead of the 1st Test.

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik(w), Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma

Essex: Tom Westley(c), Aaron Beard, Nick Browne, Varun Chopra, Matt Coles, Matt Dixon, James Foster, Daniel Lawrence, Aron Nijjar, Michael-Kyle Pepper(w), Matthew Quinn, Paul Walter, Rishi Patel