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“He walked through India's batting line-up” - Twitterati troll Team India for shoddy batting effort as Leicestershire pacer Roman Walker claims five

Roman Walker celebrates one of his five wickets on Thursday. Pic: Leicestershire Foxes/ Twitter
Roman Walker celebrates one of his five wickets on Thursday. Pic: Leicestershire Foxes/ Twitter
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Renin Wilben Albert

Team India’s batting struggled on the opening day of the four-day warm-up match against Leicestershire on Thursday at Grace Road in Leicester. Batting first after winning the toss, they scored 246 for 8 in 60.2 overs when rain forced early stumps.

Keeper-batter Srikar Bharat top-scored for India with an unbeaten 70 off 111, striking eight fours and a six. However, all the star batters failed to utilize the opportunity to notch up a good score. Skipper Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 25 while Shubman Gill walked back after scoring 21 off 28.

Hanuma Vihari, Shreyas Iyer, and Ravindra Jadeja also perished cheaply, scoring 3, 0 and 13, respectively. Jadeja’s wicket saw India slump to 81 for 5. Virat Kohli briefly raised hopes of a revival before he was dismissed for 33 off 69 balls. Umesh Yadav (23 off 32) featured in an eighth-wicket stand of 66 with Bharat to help India get past the 200-run mark.

The Twitterati trolled Team India as young Leicestershire pacer Roman Walker ran through the star-studded batting line-up with figures of 5 for 24 in 11 overs. Just 21 years old and yet to play a first-class match, Walker got the scalps of Rohit, Kohli, Vihari, Jadeja, and all-rounder Shardul Thakur.

Here are some Twitter reactions to Indian batting’s capitulation against Walker:

Superb batting by Team India 🙂 https://t.co/QcaWmQDDRN
Shreyas Iyer walks back for a duck. Prasidh with his first. India 55/4, shoddy batting performance so far. #LEIvIND #CricketTwitter
5 Wickets for WalkerHe walked through India's batting line-up 😞
If the batting that I have seen today is anything to go by, it does not give me a lot of hopes about India’s chances in the Edgbaston test. Sad but true. #LEIvIND
Roman Walker, yet to play a FC game, running through India's strong batting line-up. #LEICvIND
Roman Walker, a 20 year old from Wales, has demolished the Indian batting lineup. He has figures of 5-21 (wickets of Rohit, Kohli, Vehari and Jadeja), for now. Surprisingly, he is yet to play an FC game. Staggering!#ENGvNZ #bbccricket #CricketTwitter #INDvsENG #India #Cricket https://t.co/LmE9xRcRPG
@mufaddal_vohra The match where batting and bowling of India failed in the single innings.
At Lunch Break:- India 90/5 against Leicestershire in the 44-day practice match. Virat kohli not out on 9*(32) run.Poor batting from Indian top order.#INDvLEI
Aaj India ki batting wapas aane k kitne percent chance h bhai ??86-5#LEIvIND
India batting is not inspiring before the big game. I'll blame Ganguly if we draw the series
@BCCI This india side will struggle against England if this is how they are batting vs Leicester

Walker was a part of England's Under-19 World Cup squad in 2018. He has played two List A and 13 T20 matches claiming one and 17 wickets, respectively.


Ravichandran Ashwin joins Team India squad in Leicester after recovering from COVID-19

Meanwhile, in some good news for Team India, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has joined the squad at Leicester. The 35-year-old did not travel with the team to the United Kingdom after testing COVID-19 positive.

The BCCI shared some images of the Indian players warming up ahead of the match against Leicestershire in which Ashwin was seen with teammates.

Hello and welcome to Day 1 of our practice match against @leicsccc #TeamIndia https://t.co/nUilsYz5fT

The Indian think-tank will hope the seasoned off-spinner is fit before the start of the rescheduled Test against England on July 1 in Birmingham.


Edited by Puranjay Dixit
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