Former India captain Virat Kohli was left surprised when Leicestershire team-mates started celebrating prematurely before the referee denied the hosts the prized wicket. The incident happened during the second session of the opening four-day Tour match between India and Leicestershire at Uptonsteel County Ground in Leicester.
It was over in the 37th when Leicestershire-pace bowler Abidine Sakande went slightly off the punch as Kohli set out to punch it through the covers. But the ball went straight to the fielder on the second slip.
Sakande was ecstatic that he had fired one of the greats of the modern age while his other teammates rushed towards him. But Kohli was left surprised as he looked at the umpire, who was unfazed at the Leicestershire team’s roll call. Kohli then walked over to the bowler and explained that the ball changed direction because of the erratic bounce and not because of an outside edge.
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Team India’s practice match did not start well. After opting to bat first, India went down 5 for 90 in the opening session, with captain Rohit Sharma scoring 25 and Shreyas Iyer going for a duck of 11 balls.
Kohli and KS Bharat, however, helped India write a comeback on the back of a 67 run tie for the sixth wicket before Kohli was sacked for 33 after Tea.
India is gearing up for the rescheduled fifth Test against England, which was part of the 2021 tour. A Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp led to the fifth Test being postponed to 2022. It will take place between 1 and 5 July. Edgbaston are played.
India currently leads the series 2-1 after beating the Lord’s and the Oval. England had won at Headingley after a draw.
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