The Indian cricket team’s first practice session, which included an innovative fielding exercise, took place at Lord’s on Tuesday (10 August) ahead of the second Test against England starting on Thursday (12 August). Fielding coach R Sridhar faced bowling on one side of the field and the strip he was batting on had a close fielder on either side.
Even when the bowler gave the ball to Sridhar, the fielders on either side of the pitch kept catching each other with the second ball. Though the straight ball didn’t hit the ball slanting off the edge of the strip, it kept Wriddhiman Saha, Hanuma Vihari, M. Prashant Krishna and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant on their toes.
“How’s that for a drill? Fielding coach @coach_rsridhar keeping the boys on their toes. #TeamIndia #ENGvIND @RishabhPant17 @Wriddhipops @prasidh43 @Hanumavihari,” tweeted the Board of Control for Cricket in India along with the video.
Watch the video of the fielding drill here…
—BCCI (@BCCI) 10 August 2021
The team also had a net session. The Indian team reached London from Nottingham on Monday. The first Test ended in a draw after the fifth and final day was washed out.
Stuart Broad’s calf injured, doubtful to play in second Test
England seamer Stuart Broad hurt his calf during practice on Tuesday, with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) casting doubts over his participation in the second Test against India at Lord’s. The 35-year-old slipped during the warm-up and was out of practice due to trouble in his calf. He will be scanned on Wednesday.
“England seamer Stuart Broad has twisted his right calf in today’s practice at Lord’s. He was unable to practice with the rest of the England team this afternoon. “There will be a scan tomorrow to determine the extent of Broad’s injury,” the ECB said in a statement.
Durham’s Mark Wood likely replacement if Broad is dropped. Earlier on Tuesday, England included all-rounder Moeen Ali in the squad for the second Test, with coach Chris Silverwood saying opener Haseeb Hameed was also in line to make a Test return.
(with agency input)