Date: August 25-August 29, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
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England is set to host India for the third Test of the 5-match series at Headingley, Leeds, from August 25 – August 29. The Virat Kohli-led side walk in with a 1-0 lead, winning the 2nd Test by a massive 151 runs. India bowled out the home side in just 52 overs on Day 5 in a clinical bowling performance. The Indian side will aim to keep the momentum going and take the lead to 2-0, as India has never won more than one Test match in England, in their last three visits (2011, 2014, and 2018), whereas England will hope to bounce back given their home advantage.
India have looked phenomenal in the series so far, and winning the 2nd Test is undoubtedly a confidence boost for the Virat Kohli-led side. Amongst the batsmen, KL Rahul has impressed the most with his remarkable performance and consistent form in the series. His ton at Lord’s is another feather in his cap, which makes him a must have in one’s fantasy team and an excellent captain choice. Additionally, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are the top picks for batsmen from the Indian side. Further, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are the best bowling picks that can turn out to be good choices.
With English Skipper Joe Root single-handedly leading the English side’s batting in both the innings, he is a must-pick for one’s fantasy team and a dependable captain choice. England’s batting woes continued in the second Test and Dawid Malan has been called to give some strength to their batting order. With Mark Wood ruled out for the 3rd Test owing to his injury, James Anderson is the top bowling pick for the English side and a good choice for vice-captain. Rory Burns and Jos Buttler can further fetch good points from their respective departments.
Probable Playing XI
India- Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah
England- Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Saqib Mahmood, James Anderson
Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Joe Root, KL Rahul, Rory Burns
All-rounders: Moeen Ali, Sam Curran
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, James Anderson, Mohammad Shami, Ollie Robinson
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