With the 4-match sequence deadlocked at 1-1, India and England face off in the 3rd Test at the new Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The Test will likely be a Day-Night encounter – India’s third such match and second at residence. In their earlier residence pink-ball sport in opposition to Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens), Virat Kohli’s facet registered a complete win (the much less stated about Adelaide, the higher).
The Motera Stadium, which is the greatest in the world with a capability of 1,10,000, has drawn the awe of cricketers from either side. England’s Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad particularly had been stunned by the dimension and grandeur of the stadium.
India’s squad 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, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav
England’s squad 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 would possibly have a major say on the outcome of the 3rd Test between India and England.
#3 The Motera Stadium’s new lights and seats
The Motera Stadium’s dimension and capability means that the standard floodlight towers that look over different grounds in the world cannot be put in. The stadium as a substitute options LED lights throughout the rooftop, and this technique of lighting has been identified to trigger fielders points.
The seats, that are new and freshly painted, are vibrant in the absence of a full crowd. The pink ball would possibly get misplaced in the seats, resulting in extra issues with visibility.
Speaking about the similar, India opener Rohit Sharma stated in a digital press convention:
“Yeah, that’s always a challenge, getting used to the lights in a new stadium. Tomorrow we’ll be practicing under the lights. The focus will be on getting used to the lights and the seats in the stadium. The seats are new, so they’ll be shiny. We’ll have a long session on the field, with slip catching, outfield catching and so on.”
Dew has at all times been a speaking level in D/N Tests, and its impression was additionally felt in the ultimate of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which occurred at the similar venue.
Tamil Nadu elected to bowl first, and their four-pronged spin assault generated prodigious flip. Baroda, who had the misfortune of shedding the toss, noticed their spinners fully nullified in the second innings. While the pitch was nonetheless sluggish, the diploma of deviation drastically diminished.
The second and third periods particularly will likely be beneath the highlight. Even if the pitch is made to be conducive to show, sure pure parts would possibly now enable India (or England for that matter) to make the most of it. Speaking of the pitch…..
#1 The pitch and India’s insistence on a turner
Most pink-ball Tests thus far have featured inexperienced tops, and India’s comprehensible insistence on making the most of their residence benefit could deliver a quantity of new factors into play.
The pitch at the Motera Stadium was inexperienced as a Kiwi pasture lower than three days in the past, nevertheless it now bears a acquainted dusty look. D/N Tests have not seen pitches with out a good masking of grass to maintain the pink ball’s shine intact, and India are coming into unchartered territory with their purpose of making ready one other rank turner.
As talked about above, the pitch for the Syed Mushtaq Ali ultimate turned sq. in the first innings. Even in the event that they use a completely different strip for this sport, the sq. is certain to retain some of the similar traits.
Team mixtures will even significantly change. While India are more likely to drop Kuldeep Yadav though he has been reported to be subsequent to unreadable with the pink ball, England would possibly discipline James Anderson and Stuart Broad collectively for the first time in a very very long time.
It stays to be seen if India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin can get the ball to speak, and whether or not the visiting pacers can outbowl their counterparts in situations extra suited to them.
Published 24 Feb 2021, 00:23 IST