Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane were rested due to minor niggles but stand bye pacer Avesh Khan might have dislocated his thumb while stopping a Hanuma Vihari drive on the opening day
KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja wear black armbands to honour late Yashpal Sharma. Pic/IANS
The contrast in the two Indian national cricket teams’ respect for Yashpal Sharma was evident on Tuesday with the Test team playing a warm-up game against County Select XI in England sporting a black armband in the memory of former India World Cup-winning player, while the limited-overs team in Sri Lanka ignoring him in the first two ODIs played over the last three days.
Yashpal, who played 37 Tests, 42 ODIs and was India’s second-highest run-getter in the 1983 World Cup, had died on July 13 due to a heart attack at the age of 66. The gesture of the Test team, which is coached by Ravi Shastri, a teammate of Sharma during the victorious 1983 World Cup campaign, was not followed by the ODI team, which is coached by Rahul Dravid, who is of more recent generation and hasn’t played cricket with Yashpal. Dravid, however, was playing for India while Sharma was a national selector.
KL scores ton
India scored 306-9 at stumps on Day One. Thanks to Rahul’s 101 off 150 balls following which he was retired out. His innings had 11 fours and a six. Ravindra Jadeja (75 off 146 balls) also played his part to perfection during the 127-run fifth wicket stand with Rahul after top-order failed to make optimal use of proper game time.
Kohli, Rahane rested
Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane were rested due to minor niggles but stand bye pacer Avesh Khan might have dislocated his thumb while stopping a Hanuma Vihari drive on the opening day.
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