IND vs ENG Third Test: The third match of the five-Test series between India and England will be played in Leeds tomorrow. India took a 1-0 lead in the series after registering a historic win in the second Test at Lord’s. The first test match played between both the teams in Nottingham was a draw. Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, Team India would like to maintain their winning streak in the third Test as well. For this, the team can make changes in its playing XI. In this match, Suryakumar can be given a chance to make his Test debut in place of Pujara, who is struggling with poor form.
This ground of Headingley is considered to be the stronghold of the British and like the Lords, India looks all set to break into their fort here. Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the team would like to leave no stone unturned to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Let us know what can be the playing XI of India in this match.
Both India’s openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have performed brilliantly in this series so far. In the first innings of the Lord’s Test, both had added a brilliant 126 runs for the first wicket. While KL Rahul played a brilliant century of 129 runs, Rohit also contributed 83 runs. Now in this third Test too, once again it will be on him to give a good start to the team.
Suryakumar Yadav may get place in place of Pujara
Pujara’s poor form at number three remains a cause for concern for the team. Suryakumar Yadav can be given a chance in his place in the third Test. Yadav has done exceptionally well for India in the limited overs so far and he would like to cement his place in this longer format of cricket as well. At number four, the team will expect a bigger innings from its captain Virat Kohli. He has led the team in a very good manner so far in this series. Now even if they end their run drought in tomorrow’s match, then nothing can be better for India than this.
Ajinkya Rahane, at number five at Lord’s, also indicated a return to form. He contributed 61 runs in the second innings of this match. His average on foreign grounds has always been excellent and he would like to increase it further in the third Test.
Rishabh Pant has done wonders behind the wicket
Rishabh Pant’s aggressive batting has benefited the team a lot in the recent past. However, what has impressed him the most in this series is his wicketkeeping. However, in batting, India will expect a big innings from him in the lower order.
According to the situation in Leeds, Team India can go with the same spinner in this match as well. Who will play between Ravindra Jadeja or Ashwin, it will depend on whom the conditions are better for. However, in both the Tests, Jadeja has impressed everyone with his batting. In such a situation, there is little hope that Team India will make any changes regarding the bowling all-rounder in this match.
Bumrah, Shami, Ishant and Siraj’s quartet will be responsible for bowling
Indian fast bowling has bowled flamboyantly in this series so far. In the third Test, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammad Siraj’s place are believed to be confirmed. Jasprit Bumrah has so far taken 12 wickets in the first two matches of the series. While Mohammed Shami has taken 7 and Mohammed Siraj has taken 11 wickets. Along with this, Ishant also kept the pressure on the English batsmen continuously in the second Test. This flamboyant quartet will be responsible for destroying England’s batting order in this match as well.
Probable Playing XI of Team India for 3rd Test:
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.
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