Shikhar Dhawan en route to his fifty against the WICB President's XI Image: AFP
India's six-week long tour of West Indies has started on the right note. Team India are playing West Indies Cricket Board President's XI in a two-day practice game, where Rohit Sharma started his Caribbean campaign with a steady yet powerful 109-ball 54, as India amassed 258/6 on Day One at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts. Sharma's 54 comprised eight boundaries and one six; he is still standing firm on the crease with intentions to analyse and study the West Indian wickets. (Read: MSD's advice to Team India) India captain Virat Kohli, however, was squared up by left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican for a slow 40-ball 14. (Read: Virat Kohli fails Kumble Test)
Southpaw Shikhar Dhawan capitalised on his start and retired out after his 51, which comprised seven fours. And seems like KL Rahul too made the most of the opportunity and made a 135-ball 50, which ensured he limbered up for the bigger games of the tour.
The Indian team list for today's practice game. Eleven allowed to field, but 12 can play pic.twitter.com/E6pbmpdtxl— BCCI (@BCCI) July 9, 2016
This is at the end of 20 overs, where Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul managed 27 and 23, respectively.