The third match of the 4-Test series between India and England will be played at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad from tomorrow. This will be the first international match at the newly built world’s largest cricket stadium. Suspense remains on its pitch. It is expected that the first 2-3 days on the pitch may help the pacers, but in the end, the spinners can also show their brilliance. In this way, Team India can take off with 2 spinners and 3 fast bowlers. Among the spinners could be Ravichandran Ashwin and Akshar Patel, the heroes of the previous Test. The fast bowlers may include Ishant Sharma, Jaspreet Bumrah and Hardik Pandya.
Bumrah played the first Test of this series. Mohammad Siraj was included in his place in the second match. Bumrah may replace Siraj in the third match. At the same time, all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has not been bowling since the injury, has practiced in the net with pink ball. In such a situation, it is expected that he can come into the playing XI and can also bowl.
If Pandya returns, there will be a total of 3 all-rounders with Ashwin and Akshar in the playing eleven. Ashwin also played a century in the second Test of the series. He scored an innings of 106 runs. Also, the maximum number of 17 wickets have been taken in 2 Tests of the series. Apart from this, Akshar, who played a Test in the series, took 7 wickets. He is the second Indian in the top-5 wicket taker. If Team India lands with 2 spinners, then Rohit Sharma could be an option as the third spinner. Part time spinner Rohit has taken 2 wickets in 36 Tests, 8 wickets in 224 ODIs and one wicket in 108 T20s.