IRE vs IND: ‘He Smiles When He Plays A Rogue Shot. If He Gets Away With It, He Laughs’- Leicestershire’s Roman Walker On Rishabh Pant

Roman Walker

Roman Walker of Leicestershire unexpectedly shot into cricket fans’ attention after outperforming all expectations in his county team’s exhibition game against India.

In the opening Indian inning, the 21-year-old grabbed four wickets, including those of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. 

As Team India gets ready for the rescheduled Test match against England commencing on July 1, he also had the opportunity to play with players like Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah, who played for the Leicestershire XI. Roman Walker joined Pant at the crease after entering the game for Leicestershire at number 9 and went on to make a solid 34, giving a good account of himself. 

Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)

Rishabh Pant Was Great Fun To Bat With: Roman Walker

Leicestershire was able to surpass India’s first innings total thanks to a 70-run partnership between Rishabh Pant and Roman  Walker. Both batters contributed at a respectable rate, and the tandem had its fair share of aggressive batting and flare. Walker was eager to compliment Pant’s hitting and the teamwork he had displayed toward him and the other Leicestershire players. 

Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)

“It was great, Pant has been great with our boys. He is great fun to bat with. He smiles whenever he plays a rogue shot,” said Roman Walker, speaking to Leicestershire’s media team. 

 “If he gets away with it, he laughs, if he doesn’t, he laughs.” After scoring 76, Pant attempted to take the long-handle towards Ravindra Jadeja but was unable to continue after top-edging a ball and was caught by Shreyas Iyer, a former colleague from the Delhi Capitals. 

“It’s a great thing to learn from the other end. Just talking to him about options, how to play different bowlers, very valuable.”  

India vs Leicestershire (Image Credits: Twitter)
India vs Leicestershire (Image Credits: Twitter)

They enjoyed lunch at the same table during the game’s breaks, according to reports, and several Leicestershire players praised Pant and the other Indians who were playing for their club. Pant, who was known for being a positive and optimistic person, was frequently captured on video making jokes and chit-chatting with the slips cordon. 

Walker has never competed in a first-class match for Leicestershire, but his impressive displays with the bat and the ball are guaranteed to attract notice and, in time, lead to calls-ups to more senior levels of the game. 

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IND vs ENG: 3 Indian Players Who Can Replace Rohit Sharma In India Playing XI vs England For The Rescheduled Test

Rohit Sharma

Ahead of the IND vs ENG rescheduled Test match, the Indian team has faced a big blow as skipper Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19. Sharma was part of the ongoing warm-up match and also batted in one inning. However, after testing positive for COVID, the Indian skipper has been isolated at the team hotel.

Rohit Sharma is going to open the innings for the team in the IND vs ENG Test match. If he fails to recover in time he might not be able to be part of the match. As a result, India will need a new batsman to replace Sharma. Here we talk about 3 Indian players who can replace Rohit Shamra in India playing XI vs England for the rescheduled Test match.

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IND vs ENG: 3 Indian Players Who Can Replace Rohit Sharma In India Playing XI vs England For The Rescheduled Test

3. Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Image: BCCI

Shreyas Iyer is the first player on this list. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, India can rearrange their batting order to get a new opener with Shubman Gill. However, the team will need an additional batsman in the middle order to fill the vacant spot.

Hence, Shreyas Iyer can be picked in the playing XI. Iyer is a regular member of the team in the ODIs and T20I but he is a newcomer in Tests. The right-handed batsman has been in spectacular form recently and he might replace Sharma in the playing XI if the latter is not available for the IND vs ENG Test.

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IND vs IRE: It Would Be Unfair If Suryakumar Yadav Doesn’t Get Enough Chances At This Age – Danish Kaneria

Suryakumar Yadav

Danish Kaneria, a former Pakistani cricketer, recently said that Team India’s Suryakumar Yadav needs to be given a regular chance to participate in international cricket.

Danish Kaneria stated on his official YouTube channel on Friday that Suryakumar is more mature than Shreyas Iyer. He pleaded with the Indian team management to support Yadav and give him regular opportunities to play.

Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria Photo- Getty

Suryakumar Yadav returns to the side after missing the South Africa series due to injury. In addition, Rahul Tripathi received his first international call-up for the series, and wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson returned to the squad. Hardik Pandya, an all-rounder, will captain the team in both T20Is.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

Suryakumar has been a mainstay in the Indian T20I squad since making his debut against England last year. Injuries have kept him out of action in recent months, and the 31-year-old batter has missed several games for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. In his absence, Shreyas Iyer took charge of the Indian team.

‘Suryakumar Yadav did not have enough opportunities’: Danish Kaneria 

The former spinner stated that Iyer must improve his game if he wishes to keep his place in the team. He believes the right-hander must produce consistent results to carve out a spot in the team’s performer batting lineup.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo: Twitter)

Kaneria stated “According to reports, Rahul Dravid thinks Shreyas Iyer is more mature than Suryakumar Yadav. But I disagree with Dravid’s viewpoint. It would be inequitable if Suryakumar Yadav did not have enough opportunities at his age. Iyer will need to perform consistently if he is to keep his place in the team.”

India will face Ireland in a two-match T20I series beginning on Sunday in Dublin, led by stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya.

India squad: Hardik Pandya (c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (VC), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Deepak Hooda, Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi

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