What Roman Walker’s friends wrote to him after he took a big wicket from Kohli in the warm-up game

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Roman Walker took the big wicket from Virat Kohli during his five-for for Leicestershire in the first innings against India in the warm-up game | Photo: Leicestershire Foxes Twitter

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Roman Walker revealed messages from his friends after he dumped Virat Kohli
  • Walker scored a five-wicket draw in the first innings against India in the running warm-up game
  • India were in a dominant position after the Day 3 game with a 366-run lead
For a young bowler who hasn’t even played first-class cricket, wickets from players who rank among the best in the world become a lifetime memory. It was a similar story for 21-year-old Roman Walker on day one of the warm-up game, when he played for Leicestershire against the visiting Indian side.

Wrexham’s Walker was one of nine local players to represent Leicestershire, while four Indian players made up the full squad. The visitors opted to bat first and after some resistance, the Leicestershire bowlers broke the opening partnership. Will Davis got the first from Shubman Gill, after that it was all Walker.

Walker first sacked Indian captain Rohit Sharma, who did not bat in the second inning after testing positive for COVID-19. His next scalps contained the names of Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur and the greatest of them all, Virat Kohli.

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For any young bowler, the wicket of the Kohlis, Joe Roots, Steve Smiths and Babar Azams of the world in the current era is what they will remember for life as they were able to throw the best of the best and for Walker to deceive , he realized after matchday one, and even his friends agreed.

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Speaking to the Leicestershire media team on Foxes TV, Walker said: “They want to play India when they show up. (I was) surprised to take 5. Kohli’s wicket was a nice moment for me. A couple of my buddies texted me there’s one for the grandkids.”

Kohli hit for 33 before an outswinger by Walker surprised him and slammed him onto the pads. The umpire didn’t take the time to raise his finger and the batsman had to backtrack. While opposition players like Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara naturally celebrated when they caught the big fish, players like Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna, playing for the home team, also worried the Indian batsmen and Walker appreciated that it was a great one Experience for him was learning from the older internationals.

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“It’s a great thing to learn from the other end. Just talking to him about options, how to play different bowlers, very valuable. Yes, they are great guys. I mean, they spoke to me almost every ball whenever there was room for some advice,” he added.

Game-wise, India had a 366-run lead in the second innings as the match rolled into the final day after Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja batted again as Rohit failed to bat on Day 3.

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