Dinesh Karthik was elated after making his India captaincy debut vs Derbyshire.© Twitter
While Team India was taking on England in the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston on Friday, Dinesh Karthik made his captaincy debut, leading a second-string Indian team in a Tour game against Derbyshire on the same day. After scoring a century against Ireland in the second T20I earlier this week, Deepak Hooda scored a match-winning fifty as India defeated Derbyshire by seven wickets. Although it was only a practice match, Karthik was elated after making his captaincy debut and shared an emotional message on social media
“Have been around for many years but this was the first time I led the team in blue. Even though it was a warm-up game, it felt special and a great honour. Big thanks to all who have always supported and for the wishes. Proud of being a part of this team,” Karthik captioned a post on Twitter.
Have been around for many years but this was the first time I led the team in blue. Even though it was a warm-up game, it felt special and a great honour. Big thanks to all who have always supported and for the wishes.
Proud of being a part of this team 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/B7oaxhJ1JS
— DK (@DineshKarthik) July 2, 2022
After India elected to field, pacers Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh grabbed two wickets apiece as India restricted Derbyshire to 150 for 8 after opting to field.
Wayne Madsen top-scored for Derbyshire, hitting 28 off 21 balls.
In reply, Hooda made 59 off 37 balls and shared a 78-run stand for the third wicket with Suryakumar Yadav (36 not out).
Sanju Samson also chipped in with a 30-ball 38 while Karthik remained unbeaten on seven.
The second-string Indian team will play their second warm-up match against Northamptonshire on Sunday ahead of the white-ball series against England, starting July 7.
Both teams will play three T20Is and ODIs.
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