Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, London
Published by: swapnil shashank
Updated Mon, 27 Jun 2022 05:53 PM IST
India has to play the only Test against England from July 1. For this, the Indian Test team is busy preparing for Leicester. Recently Team India also played a four-day practice match against Leicestershire in Leicester, which ended in a draw. Coach Rahul Dravid says that the Indian team has completed the preparations. Dravid said India have ticked all the necessary boxes during the four-day practice match against Leicestershire and the team is ready to take the field for the Test starting Friday. Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja scored fifties in the practice match against Leicestershire. Virat coming into form is a good sign.
Dravid said- I think whatever we needed to achieve and whatever preparations we had to do before the Test match, we have done it. As a team, we are very satisfied and happy with the hard work put in this week. Dravid said these things in a video posted on Twitter by Leicestershire Fox. When asked about the challenges of playing in difficult conditions in England, Dravid said, “When you have only one match in the series, there is not a lot of time to prepare in the true sense. You expect the team to play unitedly and perform well from day one. You cannot do anything wrong during the preparations. During the match against Leicestershire, I felt the wicket was challenging in the first few days and the batsmen were getting help in the last two days. The Indian coach also praised the facilities and atmosphere being provided in England. He said- We have been well taken care of here in the true sense. There is also support from the spectators in the field. The atmosphere in the practice match was also great. Many people had come to see Team India. I really enjoyed seeing this. Energy remains on this ground.
The one-off Test against England is part of the five-Test series held in August-September last year. Last year, the fifth Test of the series was postponed due to Corona. Then Team India was leading 2-1 in the series. The same fifth will now be played at Edgbaston. Only then will the winning team in the series be known. This match is also very important from the point of view of World Test Championship.
India has to play the only Test against England from July 1. For this, the Indian Test team is busy preparing for Leicester. Recently Team India also played a four-day practice match against Leicestershire in Leicester, which ended in a draw. Coach Rahul Dravid says that the Indian team has completed the preparations.