Team India skipper Virat Kohli was given with the International Player of the Year award for the year 2017-2018 by England’s standard fan club Barmy Army because the visitors ended Day one of their practice match against Essex on Wednesday. The Board Of control For Cricket In India (BCCI), on their official Twitter handle, shared the image of the 29-year-old posing with the award and said, “The @TheBarmyArmy presents #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli with the International Player of the Year for years 2017 and 2018.”
In preparation for the primary test against England, Kohli warmed-up with a half-century because the visitors posted 322/6 on the opening day of their three-day tour match. India was reduced to 44/3 however they were steady by an aesthetic 68 from the captain, who added 90 with opener Murali Vijay (53). KL Rahul scored 58, whereas Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten on 82 as India finished the day on 322/6.
The match was reduced from four days to a few at the request of India, who were involved about the new weather and therefore the tight nature of their schedule.
They will travel to Birmingham each day earlier than planned, with the take a look at at Edgbaston beginning next Wednesday. With the match shortened, India have all 18 members of the squad on the market to bat and bowl in what’s not a first-class fixture.
The five-match test series, starting from august 1, will be a check for the English side as they have did not win any of their last 3 series with only 1 match won. The last time India toured England was under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The Indian side lost the five-match test series 3-1 when the primary tie resulted in a draw.