For this reason Virat and Rahane did not come to play the practice match, the reason came to the fore
Durham: Indian Test captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane missed the three-day warm-up game against County Select XI due to ill-health and veteran opener Rohit Sharma took over the captaincy. BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement issued on Tuesday that skipper Virat was feeling some stiffness in his back since Monday evening, in view of which the BCCI medical team advised him to take rest from the practice match.
Vice-captain Rahane was feeling some swelling around his upper hamstring. He was given an injection. He is also not available for this practice match. He is being monitored by the BCCI medical team and he is expected to be fit in time for the first Test against England starting on August 4 in Nottingham. The BCCI said that in the absence of Virat and Rahane, Rohit Sharma is handling the captaincy of the team in this practice match.
Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has requested the Indian team management to make available two players from the Indian squad for the County Select XI as some of its players have been injured or due to close contact with a Kovid 19 infected person. are unavailable. In view of this request, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan were made available on behalf of their team.