The 3rd Test of the India-England Series, which will be played under the lights of Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, will certainly add to the recipe for excitement and challenge that the first two matches have already served. The new mix of lights, changing conditions, and pink cricket balls will add a new spice to the already tart portions, which just might end up being quite a feat for one of the protagonists, while the other would be left to lick their wounds. . With the series level at 1-1 and the Test World Championship up for grabs, the two remaining tests are crucial and India hopes their formula in Chennai will be useful under different conditions as well.
While India’s strategy would likely include a fair amount of spin, with the hosts making no apologies at all for making the most of the home conditions and their significantly better slow bowling department, dressmakers will also play a role. , that is the nature of the game.
It is better to forget India’s last outing against the pink ball in Adelaide, the only test that the skipper Virat Kohli played on Australian soil ended in pure disaster.
However, the last and only time India played a lit test was against Bangladesh at Eden Garden in 2019 and there Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav returned with nine and eight wickets respectively as the visitors relented without a fight.
While Ishan Motera’s challenge against England is a long way off – in fact England are much more familiar with the format – it is nonetheless encouraging that Yadav was deemed fit to join Ishant and Jasprit Bumrah in the rhythm drums. .
However, the interesting question would be how many bowlers India will field, given their not too impressive batting performance in the last day-night test. Once, it’s safe to assume that Ravichandran Ashwin is now a versatile player, when it would be naive to assume that Axar Patel won’t be included.
Thus, the rhythm-spin mix will require real attention, although the stick will not be touched as much as possible.
As for England, they have more experience with pink ball cricket, but maybe the Motera track would be as unknown as the one they would have played on under the lights. They will have to face this added challenge and how they tackle it that will decide who ends up being an asset.
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