Sports ends up producing some extraordinary performances. At times, some extraordinary turnaround as well. A fitting example is India’s sensational run in second Test against England in Chennai. After losing the first Test by 227 runs, India upstaged Englishmen in less than a week’s time. Virat Kohli-led Indian team outplayed Joe Root’s men in all three departments of the game. Now, as the action moves to the world’s largest cricket stadium, Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad – the team will be looking to play with same intensity. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin have been in sublime form. On the other hand, Jasprit Bumrah is likely to replace Kuldeep Yadav in Playing XI.
The third Test will once again act as an assignment in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship for both sides. Both the teams are still in contention to book their place in the final of the championship. India needs to win the series by at least a 2-1 margin or collect 70 points to make it to the final. On the other hand, England needs to win at least three matches or collect 85 points to seal their place in the final. Currently, the series levels 1-1 with two matches still to play.
Jasprit Bumrah to replace Kuldeep Yadav
India is likely to add Jasprit Bumrah to their side for the Pink Ball Test. On Ahmedabad track, team is likely to go with 3 fast bowlers and two spinners. Ishant Sharma will be leading the pace attack with other bowlers likely to be Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. In the spin department, Ravichandran Ashwin likely to handle spin baton with Axar Patel.
Shubman Gill is fit to play Third Test
Ahead of the Test series, captain Virat Kohli had announced that if Gill and Rohit are fit to play all four Tests, India will not be changing their openers. Further, India is likely to stick with same middle and lower order. Cheteshwar Pujara at number 3, followed by Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant.
India’s Probable Playing XI for Third Test
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah.