On Day 2 of the warm-up match between India and Leicestershire, the former’s Mohammed Shami gave a bright start to India by dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara for a duck in the four-day game. After India declared their innings at 246, Mohammed Shami’s two wickets sent back Sam Evans and Cheteshwar Pujara.
Shami had delivered a good length and Pujara got an inside edge back on to his stumps. As Shami dismissed him, he ran quickly towrads Pujara, who was walking back to the dugout, and hugged him, both had smile on their faces.
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Cheteshwar Pujara has said that his first class stints in Ranji Trophy and County Championships helped him find his lost rhythm and stage a comback to the national side. The 34-year-old was out of India’s home series against Sri Lanka earlier this year and he forced his way back into the national side for the fifth rescheduled match against England after scoring 720 runs in just five matches while playing for Sussex.
“It’s about playing as many first-class games as possible and for me, that experience was very important. When you want to get back into form, when you want to find your rhythm, when you have that concentration, it is important to play some long innings,” Pujara told BCCI TV.
IND VS LEI match so far
On Day 1, Virat Kohli walked back after scoring 33. He was being dismissed after a dubious on-field call. Skipper Rohit Sharma scored 25 runs while Shubman Gill scored 21. Only wicket-keeper KS Bharat kept India’s innings steadier with his unbeaten 70.
For Leicestershire, bowler Roman Walker, who is yet to play a first-class game took five wickets. He scalped the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli and Shardul Thakur.