Things didn't go as planned for the visitors during their warm-up game, as they were made to toil hard against Essex County club. The lack of runs and an injury scare to Ravichandran Ashwin might have compounded to the Indian cricket team's woes, ahead of the five-match Test series against England.
The one-off game against Essex left India with plenty to ponder upon as the spinners and the top-order batsmen failing to deliver. However, the silver lining to the match saw Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya score half-centuries, with Dinesh Karthik top scoring at 82 runs.
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When Virat Kohli struck a half-century, Essex’s Twitter handle came up with a very cheeky tweet to congratulate the Indian cricket team skipper. The tweet showed a video of Kohli celebrating his fifty after a boundary.
However, the tweet didn't go down well, with some of his fans taking objection against the caption - "This guy’s not bad at cricket". Here's how the netizens reacted to the tweet:
With the warm-up game ending in a draw, Virat Kohli and Co will have to sort out the team's top-order batting line-up. Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara failed to add runs on the board leading to frustration among fans.
Dhawan's recent struggles have enraged fans on social media, calling for his exclusion from the team. However, the Indian team management stuck with the southpaw for the Test series against England.
Apart from Umesh Yadav (4/35) and Ishant Sharma (3/59), none of the other pacers could prove to be vital. The spinners, on the other hand, did not seem to trouble the home side with their bowling.
The Indian cricketers are focussed hard on recuperating as they will be desperate to change their Test record in England, owing to the humiliating loss the suffered the last time they toured in England in 2014. Given their recent ODI series loss, Men in Blue are desperate to bounce back in the longest format of the game which is slated to get underway from August 1 at Edgbaston.