New Delhi: 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. In the third Test, India can make three changes in the playing XI.
1. A chance for Suryakumar Yadav by dropping Pujara
Suryakumar Yadav is considered a strong contender to bat at number three in the third test match. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 45 runs in 206 balls against England in the second test match played at Lord’s. Even though a few runs came off Pujara’s bat, but the way he batted is being questioned. Pujara’s slow innings of 45 runs in 206 balls bore the fans a lot. Pujara played very slow on the fourth day of the Lord’s Test. Pujara was missing the opportunity to score runs even on bad balls.
On the other hand, Rahane showed some speed. Pujara has been battling poor form for a long time. In such a situation, due to slow batting, Pujara does not fit in the playing XI of Team India. Cheteshwar Pujara’s performance is under question. Suryakumar Yadav can cut Cheteshwar Pujara’s leaf from the Test team. The Indian cricket team has a talented batsman like Suryakumar Yadav, who knows the art of playing more than one shot around the field and getting runs. Suryakumar Yadav’s entry in the Test team seems to be confirmed.
2. A chance for Ashwin by dropping Jadeja
R Ashwin can be given a chance in place of Ravindra Jadeja in the third test match. In the second test match played between India and England at Lord’s, Team India missed its biggest match winner Ravichandran Ashwin. In the second Test, Virat Kohli replaced Ravichandran Ashwin with Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI, but Jadeja’s performance with both ball and bat was very poor. In the second innings of the Lord’s Test, Jadeja was dismissed for 3 runs. The purpose of including Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI proved to be a flop. Ravindra Jadeja could neither take a single wicket nor play any big innings in this test match.
England’s batsmen are not facing any problem with Jadeja’s straight balls, on the contrary, runs are being scored on Jadeja’s balls. In the Lord’s Test match, Team India missed its biggest match winner Ravichandran Ashwin. On the one hand, while England’s off-spinner Moeen Ali was creating problems in front of India by taking wickets, on the other hand, great spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin was not included in the playing XI by Team India. The inclusion of Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI proved to be a loss deal for Team India.
3. A chance for Shardul Thakur in place of Ishant Sharma
In the third test match, Shardul Thakur can be given a chance in place of Ishant Sharma. Ishant Sharma, who performed well with 5 wickets in the second Test, is difficult to play in the third Test. Actually, Shardul Thakur, who was injured after the first Test, will be fit by the third Test and will be ready to play. In the second Test, he was replaced by Ishant Sharma. Virat Kohli would definitely like to give Shardul a place in his team once again for the third Test, because he can show amazing with both the ball and the bat.