England have won the toss in the third Test at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad and they have decided to bat first. The third Test between India and England is all set to begin at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, which will also be the day/night pink-ball Test match. Umesh Yadav has not returned to the Indian first eleven
As far as the team news is concerned, India’s top half remains the same with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill carrying on with the opening slot. At number three, Cheteshwar Pujara comes in to bat followed by Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane at number four and number five respectively. Rishabh Pant is likely to maintain his spot as the wicketkeeper-batsman of the side.
India vs England 2021: 3rd Test, Ahmedabad- Toss Report
England have won the toss in the third Test at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad and they have decided to bat first. Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel will hopefully maintain their spots as the two spinners with Washington Sundar comes back for Kuldeep Yadav. Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma playing as the pacers. Ishant Sharma will be playing his 100th Test match today.
As far as the English team is concerned, they are also supposed to make quite a few changes. Zak Crawley will definitely comeback in the side and Jonny Bairstow will also be a part of the squad. English skipper Joe Root has given signs that England can go with James Anderson, Jofra Archer, and Stuart Broad as their pacemen.
India’s Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma.
England’s Playing XI: Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Stuart Broad.
ICC World Test Championship In Context
The third Test will be a day/night pink-ball Test, only the third pink-ball Test that team India will play. Prior to this, the men in blue have played two pink-ball Tests, out of which they have won one and lost one.
The Test match will be extremely crucial from the ICC World Test Championship’s perspective as if the Indian Cricket Team will have to stop the Englishmen from winning this Test. The final Test of the series will also be played at the same venue, followed by a five-match T20I series being played in Ahmedabad and a three-match T20I series being played in Pune.