The third game of the four-match Test series between the hosts India and the visitors England will begin on Wednesday (24th February) afternoon while the newly re-build Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera, Ahmedabad) will host this Test match.
This Test match is going to be very special as it will be the first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match between India and England. While Chennai hosted the first two games of this Test series, the visitors won the Test series opener by 227 runs and the hosts won the next Test by 317 runs. So, this Test series is currently standing in the 1-1 position with two more Tests to go.
India vs England 2021, 3rd Test: Complete Squads
India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav
England: 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.
India vs England 2021, 3rd Test: Playing XIs
India (predicted): Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
England (predicted): Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (C), Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes (wk), Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Mark Wood.
India vs England 2021, 3rd Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips
Indian cricketers are currently in really good form but their last pink-ball Test match experience in Australia will not get out of their mind at least ahead of this Test match. Currently, skipper Virat Kohli, opening partners Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant etc all are in good touch. Most importantly, if some of them are failing, others are trying their best to play their crucial roles to make up those failures. While Rohit Sharma scored a great century in the last Test, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are waiting for their international century for more than a year.
In the last Test, Ravichandran Ashwin scored a brilliant century and also took eight wickets, including one fifer. There is no doubt that Ashwin is in superb touch at the latest moment.
Axar Patel made his Test debut in the last game and impressed with the ball in hand as he took seven wickets, including a fifer in the fourth innings. India’s most wicket-taker in pink-ball Test Umesh Yadav (11 wickets in 2 matches) has also returned to the Test squad after recovering from the injury.
England have played three day/night pink-ball Test match where they have won only once and suffered two defeats. So, the visitors will also face a very tough challenge in the forthcoming pink-ball Test match, especially when they last time played the pink ball Test in early 2018.
Test captain Joe Root is the crucial name in England’s present Test batting line-up. Before the last Test match, where he scored 6 and 33 runs, Root scored three daddy hundreds in the previous three Tests (all in Asia), including two double centuries. Ben Stokes, who also failed to score big runs in the last three innings, scored 82 runs in the first innings of this India tour. But the visitors will miss Moeen Ali, who scored a firing 43-run knock off 18 balls in the fourth innings of the last Test when the pitch was most difficult for the batsmen.
The right-arm pacer James Anderson is likely to return to the Test playing XI due to his recent good form while Stuart Broad is struggling in this Asia tour. The left-arm spinner Jack Leach and off-spinner Dom Bess have also impressed in this Asia tour.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Ravichandran Ashwin, Joe Root
Vice-captain – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Rishabh Pant
Batsmen – Joe Root, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (vc), Rohit Sharma
All-rounder(s) –Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (C)
Bowlers – Dom Bess, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Ishant Sharma
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Rishabh Pant
Batsmen – Joe Root (C), Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma (vc)
All-rounder(s) – Ben Stokes, Ravichandran Ashwin
Bowlers – Dom Bess, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav