The test will be a day and night encounter – the third such match in India and the second at home. In their previous home pink ball game against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens), Virat Kohli’s side recorded an overall victory (the less we say about Adelaide, the better).
The Motera Stadium, which is the world’s largest with a capacity of 1.10,000, has aroused the admiration of cricketers on both sides. The Englishmen Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad in particular were reversed by the size and grandeur of the stadium.
The Indian team for the 3rd test: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Isumhant Sharma, Jasprit B , Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav
The England team for the 3rd test: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes , Mark Wood
Here are 3 factors that could have a say in the outcome of the 3rd test between India and England.
# 3 The new lights and seats at Motera stadium
The size and capacity of the Motera stadium means that the usual light towers that overlook other fields in the world cannot be installed. Instead, the stadium features LED lights on the roof, and this lighting system is known to cause problems for outfielders.
The seats, new and freshly painted, are brilliant in the absence of crowds. The pink ball could get lost in the seats, causing more visibility problems.
“Yeah, it’s always a challenge to get used to the lights in a new stadium. Tomorrow we’ll be training under the lights. The focus will be on getting used to the lights and the seats in the stadium. The seats are new. , then they’re going to be brilliant. We’ll have a long session on the court, with slip catches, off-field catches and so on. “
# 2 Dew
Dew has always been a topic of discussion in D / N testing, and its impact was also felt during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final, which took place at the same location.
Tamil Nadu chose to go bowling first, and their four-pronged attack generated a stupendous turn. Baroda, who was unlucky enough to lose the toss, saw their spinners completely canceled in the second set. While the pace was still slow, the degree of deviation considerably decreased.
The second and third sessions in particular will be in the spotlight. Even if the ground is made to be favorable to the turn, certain natural elements could now allow India (or England for that matter) to make the most of it. Speaking of land …..
# 1 India’s pitch and insistence on a turner
Most of the pink ball tests so far have featured green highs, and India’s understandable insistence on making the most of their home advantage may bring a number of new factors into play.
The pitch at Motera Stadium was green as a kiwi pasture less than three days ago, but it now has a familiar dusty appearance. D / N testing didn’t see any pitches without a good cover of grass to keep the shine of the pink ball intact, and India is entering uncharted territory in an attempt to prepare another row turner.
As mentioned above, the pitch for Syed Mushtaq Ali’s final turned square in the opening rounds. Even though they use a different strip for this game, the square is bound to retain some of the same characteristics.
Team combinations will also change dramatically. While India is likely to drop Kuldeep Yadav despite being reported as nearly unreadable with the pink ball, England could field James Anderson and Stuart Broad for the first time in a very long time.
It remains to be seen if India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin can make the ball talk and whether visiting stimulators can beat their counterparts in conditions more suited to them.
Posted on Feb 24, 2021 12:23 AM