India’s regular skipper Virat Kohli and Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane have been rested with minor injuries following the first-class warm-up match against County XI on Tuesday. India’s reserve fast bowler Avesh Khan, who is playing for the opposing team in the match, has injured his thumb. This is the injury to Hanuma Vihari while blocking his shot. The BCCI has informed the other two experienced batsmen along with Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.
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BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said: “Kohli had a slight stiffness in his back late Monday evening and the BCCI medical team has been instructed to rest after a three-day first-class match.” “Deputy Ajinkya Rahane has a gentle elling around his left leg. He was given an injection. He was unavailable for a three-day first-class match. “However, they (Rahane) are being overseen by the BCCI medical team and they are expected to make a full recovery during the first Test match against England starting on August 4 in Nottingham,” he said.
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Since this is a first class match, there are no options to just bat. Fielding also has to do with it. Awesh’s injury brought another setback to the Indian Test team. The bowler representing ECB’s County XI is a serious injury to the thumb. Awesh’s first spell was not great when Mayank Aggarwal hit a boundary. However, he bowled well in the second and third spells. In his third spell in the session following Lunch, Awesh’s thumb was injured while blocking the banquet.
He was found to be in pain and Indian physics came to the floor and bandaged his thumb. Commenters on the Durham County YouTube Channel said this could be a serious injury to the thumb. Indian players took to the field with a black belt in their hand to condole the death of former Indian cricketer and 1983 World Cup hero Yashpal Sharma. Yashpal died of a heart attack on July 13.