India finished on 85-2 in the second innings as the match against Essex ended in a draw.
Before the start of the 5-Test match series against England, India played a 3-day practice match against Essex on the County Ground in Chelmsford which ended in a draw on Friday. However, on the final day, the Indian players walked into a unique setting which was arranged specially for them.
The players were welcomed to the field by a group of musicians, who played some lively Bhangra music. The true-blue Delhiites, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan are known among their fans for their love for Punjabi music and their Bhangra skills. In fact when they were in Cape Town earlier this year, both of them had done some Bhangra moves at the Cape Town waterfront.
Virat Kohli, who was the first to step out on the field, instantly performed a Bhangra step with energy to acknowledge the musicians. It was now the other Punjabi in the team, Shikhar Dhawan’s turn to impress upon his fans with his Bhangra skills. ‘Jatt Ji’ also enthusiastically performed some Bhangra moves while entering the ground much to the excitement of the musicians and the fans.
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Two @BCCI players have enjoyed their time at Chelmsford!
— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) July 27, 2018
Earlier, on the second day, some dancers in colourful clothes had given a traditional welcome to Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya as they came out to bat.
The Indian batsmen had a good outing in the practice match as most of them got to spend time on the crease. Karthik was the highest scorer with 82 runs to his name. The skipper, Kohli played a vital knock of 68, whereas Murali Vijay, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul all scored half centuries.
The Indian bowlers were made to work hard by the Essex Batsmen who showed good promise. Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers by taking 4 wickets, whereas Ishant Sharma grabbed 3 wickets. Before the end of play, India lost 2 wickets for the score of 89 runs and the game was declared a draw.