The practice match between India and Essex in County Ground, Chelmsford, ended in a draw. A draw was called after rain stopped play on the final day of the match. The rain had begun to come down hard, making it unsuitable to continue play. At the same time, it appeared that Essex were simply going through the motions, waiting for the game to end.
India ended with 395, and 89/2 in 21.2 overs. Essex declared on 359/8.
The match was shortened from four days to three days, and then called off early. Despite the reduced playing time, the warm-up match gave India good practice. The upcoming Test series begins on 1st August in Birmingham.
How Will Essex Practice Match Affect Selection for Tests?
Although we cannot be sure as to how the Essex match will affect the order of players in the upcoming Test matches, some things are fairly clear. For example, Shikhar Dhawan did not have a good match. This does not bode well for his place in the Birmingham Test. KL Rahul, on the other hand, played decently in both innings.
In the 11 overs that were bowled by Kuldeep, Jadeja, and Ashwin, the three spin bowlers ended without taking a wicket. Since none of the spin bowlers took any wickets, it is unclear whether all will bowl in the first test or not. Umesh is most likely going to play in the team after his performance against Essex. Ishant Sharma and Umesh will most likely be India’s main pace attack.
The Essex – India game has certainly given Virat Kohli plenty of food for thought ahead of the Test series.
Indian Fans Respond to Twitter Tweet
The county cricket club tweeted: “This guy’s not bad at cricket.” The tweet was written in order to congratulate Virat Kohli at his half century.
Indian cricket fans did not take it well, responding that Kohli is now a cricket legend, and not just ‘not bad.’