Leicestershire v Indians, Leicester, 2nd day June 27, 2014

Persistent showers force abandonment


Indians 333 for 4 (Dhawan 60*, Pujara 57, Gambhir 54) v Leicestershire

Showers that began the previous night and persisted through Friday morning and afternoon ended any chance of play on the second day of the Indians' warm-up match against Leicestershire. The umpires were meant to carry out an inspection at half past two in the afternoon, but their decision was made easier by the rain, which came down strongly, having stopped for an hour-long interval around lunch.

The covers had not been removed from overnight with the incessant drizzle dampening one of the largest outfields in cricket while causing large puddles to form across the covers that the groundstaff worked hard to clear but in vain. Incidentally the BCCI twitter even tweeted a premature message an hour before lunch: "Second day's play of the warm-up between Leicestershire and Indians has been called off due to rain."

Having managed quality batting time the Indians did not seem overly bothered. The visitors came to the ground at noon before heading to the indoor nets where they trained under the watchful eye of their coach Duncan Fletcher.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Prajwal on June 28, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Indian bowling cant be that bad....they probably bowled for the first time in a month or so.I am pretty sure that they would come up with a better (if not good ) show against the englishmen.

  • sachin on June 28, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    As Dravid pointed out before, Indians should take these 2 game seriously. Batsmen seem to have done that by being patient, but bowlers had different ideas and what was Pujara doing bowling an over? We Indians lack mental strength, they need to learn from the Srilankans who have done something extraordinary last week.

  • Android on June 28, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    even english county batsmen were retied hurt.... no one will play for english test team from this county team but still getting retired. 10 bowlers so far and dhoni is tring to find a wicket taking bowler yet

  • Android on June 28, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    We couldn't restrict the batting line up of the weakest county from taking a lead, how can we even dream of beating England in England. This is going to be a very long and tough tour for us.

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    @arun Bose lol it's a good tactic :P almost look's like a chess game

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    today indians showed that they have worst bowling attack.nternational teams should raise their standards.

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Hmm right now none of the Indian bowlers look threatening...and the batsmen have fared well on aflat track against a third class bowling attack...India need to play only these 11 in the next practice and the first Tests: 1.Ajinkya Rahane 2.Gautam Gambhir 3.Cheteshwar Pujara 4.Virat Kohli 5.Rohit Sharma 6.Stuart Binny 7.MS Dhoni (c) (wk) 8.Ravichandran Ashwin 9.Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10.Mohammed Shami 11.Varun Aaron ( or Pankaj Singh, depending on whoever does better in the next practice) 12th man:

  • MAHENDRA on June 28, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    England test record in India -Played 14 series, won 5-1933,1976,1980,1984,2012 lost-6, Draw-3 Match wise Played-54 ,won 13 -Winning percentage- 24% lost 15 draw-26 India test record in England Played-16 series won 3-1971,1986,2007 lost-12, draw-1 Match wise Played-52 won-5 - winning a single test match percentage -9.6% lost-27, draw-20 Total series results- played-29 INDIA WON 9, England WON-16 DRAW-4 Total matches- Played106 INDIA WON-20 ENGLAND WON 40 DRAW-46

    INDIA WASP IN ENGLAND -9.6% Can new IPL friendly bunch change this statistics? Will wait and see

  • Anushka on June 28, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    England 5 - 0 India. 5 English double 100s and 10 more 100s on the cards... expecting England to declare their 1st Innings in all 5 tests with mammoth scores. Cook, Root, Bell, and the rest must already be licking their lips on their prospects against those spineless bowlers with zero penetration.

  • Android on June 28, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Ishant Sharma has taken two wickets despite going for runs...

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