Skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane have opted out of the three-day first-class warm-up fixture against County Select XI along with senior-off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Rohit Sharma is leading the side in Kohli and Rahane’s absence as the game began on Tuesday. Mayank Agarwal, who is likely to open with Rohit Sharma in the first Test at Nottingham will be watched keenly along with Mohammed Siraj, who could preferred over Ishant Sharma in the playing XI.
First-team regular like Mohammed Shami have also been rested from the game, which is one of India’s rare first-class game in last 10 years. It is understood that Kohli, Rahane, Shami, Jadeja will be sweating it out at the nets alongside Ashwin, who has already bowled a whopping 58 overs and taken seven wickets in a County game for Surrey last week.