Leads: Team India’s captain Virat Kohli will try to overcome his poor form that has been going on for a long time. He will try to give India an unassailable lead in the 5-match series by scoring a big score in the third Test against England starting here on Wednesday.
Hundred expected from Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored his last international century in November 2019. He failed to score big in the current series. However, big scores are always expected from him. He lost his wickets in the first two Test matches on balls going outside the off-stump. In such a situation, he is expected to bat with better technique in front of such balls at the handiangle.
Will Pujara-Rahane give strength?
The form of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane is also a matter of concern for India. Both of them, however, have indicated a return to form after batting for almost 50 overs on the fourth day of the Lord’s Test. Due to this the match dragged on till the 5th day after which the fast bowlers helped India win and lead the series 1-0.
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Rohit-Rahul showed their strength
The performance of openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul has been a positive aspect in the batting department for India. Both of them gave India a good start by presenting a good sample of their restraint and technique in challenging conditions.
KL Rahul’s batting crucial
KL Rahul, who replaced the injured Mayank Agarwal in the squad, looked more confident in every next innings and he seems to be sure of which deliveries to play and which to leave. That is important in the difficult situation of England.
Natural game expected from Pant
Rohit Sharma is also looking in very good form and he needs to make sure when to play his favorite pull shot as he was dismissed on two occasions in the series. Rishabh Pant is batting in his natural style while Ravindra Jadeja has also played a very good role at number 7. It can be said that he is playing more of a batsman than a left-arm spinner in the team.
Headingley’s pitch helps bowlers
The conditions at Headingley are expected to be favorable for the fast bowlers and India can go with four fast bowlers. In such a situation, there will be no place for Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI again. Shardul Thakur is fit but it doesn’t seem that Kohli will make any changes in his fast bowling attack. Ishant Sharma bowled brilliantly at Lord’s and the senior pacer is expected to be preferred over Thakur. Thakur is less than Ishant in bowling but better in batting.
Siraj gave strength
With the arrival of Mohammad Siraj, India’s world class attack has strengthened. Siraj bowled brilliantly on the 5th day at Lord’s. He has consistently won hearts with his accurate bowling. India last played here in 2002 when they won by an innings and 46 runs. None of the players of the current team have the experience of playing on this ground, it will be interesting to see how quickly they adapt themselves to the situation.
Malan’s return to the England team
England hope that with the arrival of David Malan, their batting weakness will be removed. Malan played his last Test 3 years ago but he has good experience of first-class cricket. This left-handed batsman will play at number three and in such a situation, Haseeb Hameed may have to open the innings with Rory Burns. England’s batsmen will have to support captain Joe Root by finding a way to score runs.
Mark Wood injured
Mark Wood, who has troubled the Indian batsmen with his extra bounce, is injured and in such a situation, Sadiq Mahmood can get a chance to debut in Test cricket. Root confirmed before the match that there was no fitness issue except for Wood and that lead pacer James Anderson was in good shape. Root also indicated that the players would not engage in mutual arguments as players from both the teams sparred at each other at Lord’s, but India got the most of it.
India’s full team: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav , KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Sauv, Suryakumar Yadav.
England full squad: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, David Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson.
Toss Time: Indian time at 3:00 pm.
Match start time: Indian time at 3:30 pm.