In a warm-up game against Leicestershire, Srikar Bharat excels while the top order struggles.

Srikar Bharat was outstanding with an unbeaten 70 in the middle of the day . India ended the day on day one on 2468 after winning the toss .

Srikar Bharat, a wicketkeeper, was exemplary with an unbeaten 70, even though India's top-order couldn't get batting practice on the first day of their warm-up match against Leicestershire on Thursday.India ended the day on day one on 2468.After winning the toss, India's top guns failed to fire as the visitors fell to 81 for five, opting to bat.However, Bharat shone during his 158-minute stay in the middle of the day, before rain brought an abrupt end to the day's activities at Grace Road.

Mohammed Shami gave Bharat company at stumps on 18.Skipper Rohit Sharma (25) and Shubman Gill (21) got out after getting starts.The first-choice wicketkeeper, who was playing as India's one-off fifth Test, added 35 runs for the first wicket before being dismissed by fast-medium bowler Will Davis.Gill, who found the fence four times during his 38-minute stint, lost the wicket of Rohit, who hit three fours during his 64-minute stay in the middle.Rohits departure paved the way for Virat Kohlis' arrival, and the former India captain was quick to take the onus on himself to back up India.In between, Hanuma Vihari (3) came on to bat at number three and departed cheaply off the bowling of Roman Walker, who finished the day with impressive numbers of 524.

Shardul Thakur (6) was dismissed by the 21-year-old seamer to complete his five-wicket haul and restrict India to 148 for seven, resulting in Umesh Yadav chipping in with 23 off 32 balls, smashing four boundaries in the process.The Test match, which was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak last year, will begin on July 1.