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The third Test is going to start between India and England at Motera, the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad. This day-night test will start at 2:30 pm. Before this, President Ramnath Kovind will inaugurate the stadium. With this test, England will become the first team in the world to play day-night tests with SG, Kookaburra and Duke, the 3 types of balls used in Test cricket. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies have played 2, while Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and South Africa have played the test with only one type of ball.
Indian captain Virat Kohli will have a chance to become the most successful captain at home. Both he and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni have won 21–21 Tests in India. Dhoni has captained Team India in 30 Tests on Indian soil. Out of this, 3 were lost and 6 were Test draws. At the same time, under Virat’s captaincy, India played 28 Tests at home grounds. Two of them have suffered defeats and have drawn 5 Test draws.
If you win the third Test, you will be equal to Steve Waugh
If the Indian team also wins this Test match, then Virat’s record on home grounds will come on par with Australian legend Steve Waugh. Virat would then have 22 wins in 29 Tests on Indian grounds. On the other hand, Steve Waugh also won 22 of 29 matches at his home ground (in Australia).
Root one step away from becoming England’s most successful captain
At the same time, England captain Joe Root is just one step away from becoming the most successful captain of his country. He has captained England in 47 Tests so far, of which the team won 26 Tests. Earlier this record was in the name of Michael Vaughan. Under Vaughan’s captaincy, England won 26 of 51 Tests. Apart from this, the English team won 24 out of 50 Tests under the captaincy of Andrew Strauss and 24 out of 59 under the captaincy of Alastair Cook.
Ishant to play 100th match of Test career
The third Test will be the 100th Test of Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s career. Ishant will be the second Indian Pacer to achieve this feat. Before him, former fast bowler Kapil Dev played 131 Tests. Ishant, who debuted at the age of 18, has played under the captaincy of 4 players Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Ishant made his Test debut against Bangladesh on 25 May 2007 under the captaincy of Dravid.
Both teams could not win any pink ball test abroad
The first day-night test was played in November 2015. In this, Australia defeated New Zealand by 3 wickets. Since then, 15 day-night Tests have taken place between 10 teams, in which no team has lost at home except the West Indies. However, both India and England have lost their previous day-night test.
In 2018, New Zealand defeated England in Auckland by an innings and 49 runs. At the same time, Australia defeated India by 8 wickets in Adelaide. One thing that remained common in both the Tests is that both England and India were all out for less than 60 scores. New Zealand had dismissed England for 58 and Australia allotted India for 36 runs.
What did both team captains say
Virat Kohli: Our focus is to play together as a team. England batsmen also have weakness and our bowlers will take advantage of that weakness. If the condition pace is friendly, then our fast bowlers will also get the benefit.
Joe Route: If you are playing in India, it is normal that the ball will spin. If not on the first day, a time will definitely come when the ball will spin. If the conditions are according to pace bowlers, then the experience of playing in England will definitely work here and the result will be in our favor.
Pitch and Weather Report: The weather is expected to be clear on all five days during the test in Ahmedabad. The temperature is likely to be between 18 and 36 degrees Celsius. The pitch at the new stadium in Motera may help the batsmen. Bowling can be seen in the first 2-3 days of bowling. If this happens, the pacers will be helped. Spinners may dominate when the grass is short on the last 2-3 days. The team that wins the toss will like to bat first.
Potential playing eleven of both teams
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Akshar Patel, Ishant Sharma and Jaspreet Bumrah.
England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Dan Lawrence, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Fox (wicketkeeper), Ollie Stone, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad and James Anderson.