London: The third match of the five-match Test series between India and England will be played from August 25 at the Headingley ground in Leeds. India has a 1-0 lead over England in the Test series. It is very important for India to win the third test match. India would like to take an unassailable 2-0 lead by winning the third Test in Leeds. With this, India cannot lose this series. There are 3 big reasons for the fact that India’s victory in the third Test seems certain.
Good record of spinners at Headingley ground
India likes the Headingley ground of Leeds a lot. Looking at the spinners at the Headingley ground in Leeds, captain Virat Kohli can give Ravichandran Ashwin a chance in the playing XI. Team India has won both the last Test matches played on this ground against England. In 2002, India last played a Test match against England in Leeds, in which the Indian team defeated England by an innings and 46 runs.
In that Test match played in 2002, the pair of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh took 11 wickets for India. Anil Kumble took 7 wickets in the match and Harbhajan Singh took 4 wickets. In the third test match, captain Virat Kohli can give Ravichandran Ashwin a chance in the playing XI. It will be worth seeing whether Virat Kohli gives Jadeja and Ashwin a chance together in the playing XI.
Deadly bowling by Bumrah-Shami and Siraj
The first two Test matches saw the lethal form of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, as India lead 1-0 in the Test series against England. Jasprit Bumrah has so far taken 12 wickets in the first two matches of the series. Mohammed Shami has taken 7 and Mohammad Siraj has taken 11 wickets. The performance of Indian fast bowlers has been excellent. If these three go in Leeds, then India’s victory is sure. The pace of Shami and Bumrah is putting England in trouble.
Best form of Rahul and Rohit
Indian opening batsmen Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma looked in good form in the first two Tests against England bowlers James Anderson and Ollie Robinson. In the two Test matches played so far, the pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma have scored 275 runs in 4 innings at an average of 69. During this, there has also been a century and a half-century partnership between the two. This Indian pair has proved to be the best Indian opening partnership of 75 years. Earlier in 1936, the Indian opening pair had added runs at an average of 71. Rahul and Rohit have done excellent batting on the continuous swing and bouncing balls of James Anderson and Ollie Robinson. If both of them go in the third test too, then no one can stop India from winning.