Essex vs India, 3-Practice Match: Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik had a moment of mistrust during the 3-day practice match against Essex on July 25. The two batsman, however, remained unbeaten at the end of Day 1 as India scored 322/6. But the moment during the match that caught our attention was when Hardik hit the ball to the leg-side and looked to run a single, but did not get any response from his partner Karthik at the other end. Pandya by then had reached half the crease. Finally, the duo completed the run, but there was a lot of drama in the 22-yards was covered.
The visitors got off to a dreadful start, 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.
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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