Virat Kohli and Team India finally got some practice under the sun at Edgbaston after their previous session was marred by rain. England plays the first Test against India in the five-match series on August 1.
Despite the forecast of rain on Monday, Sun shone bright and Team India has some much valuable practice on the ground. India had reached Birmingham early and had even cut down their practice match against Essex from a four-dayer to a three-day affair.
“We are getting to the Test match venue because it wouldn’t have served the purpose here [in Chelmsford]. Instead of an extra day here, I think an extra day [of training] there would be more valuable … more familiarity with the venue and the conditions where you are playing the first Test,” India coach Ravi Shastri had reasoned.
The rain gave England much relief from the heat and also from the possibility of match turning into the favor of Indian spinners. India has three world-class spinners in R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav; while England called Adil Rashid out of Test retirement for the first Test.
Here are some pictures from Team India’s practice session in Birmingham:
(All pictures courtesy Getty images)
By Jatin Sharma