There is a sense of worry in the Indian squad at the present. One of the most reliable all-rounders of India at present, Shikhar Dhawan took a nasty blow to his right arm after he was hit by 23 year old Atif Sheikh’s delivery in India’s warm-up match against Leicestershire at Grace Road. He couldn`t continue with his batting after that. It will be interesting to see the status of the injury as India will hope it isn`t anything major. India have taken three openers for the England tour.
India were 201/2 from 55 overs at 8 PM IST when Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli batting on 31* and 17* respectively. Shikhar Dhawan was at 60 off 100 deliveries and Gautam Gambhir earlier retired out for 54, after Murali Vijay was dismissed for 20.
Twenty-three-year-old Sheikh worked up some useful pace from the Bennett End in a spell which belied a career record featuring just one previous first-class appearance to date, for Derbyshire against Gloucestershire back in May 2010.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s troops are in England in their bid to exorcise the demons of 2011 and India is hoping that the injury is not serious and Dhawan recovers quickly so India can avenge the shameful whitewash at the hands of the English in 2011.
That apart, all went smoothly for India at the start of this three-day match, which lost its scheduled first-class status after the hosts agreed to the tourists’ request to play as many of their 18-man squad as they choose.
India will bat only 11, however, against opponents who were in fruitless action against Surrey at The Oval the previous day but nominated only four of those beaten in London to see out a week-long marathon of cricket here.
India`s first Test against England starts on July 9 at Lord`s and will play 5 tests. An injury at the start will be a sense of worry for India.