Former India batsman, Gautam Gambhir suggests Team India keep their eyes on the Day-Night Test match against England which commences on Wednesday, instead of pondering much over the World Test Championship final, for which India, England, and Australia are in contention for the vacant spot to face New Zealand, who are already in the final.
The ongoing Test series between India and England stands level at 1-1 after two Tests and with two remaining; the third Test is a pink-ball Test, both the games will be played in Ahmedabad.
For England to qualify for the WTC final at Lord’s in June, they need to win both the Tests; India should win the series either 2-1 or 3-1 to challenge Kane Williamson’s men; for Australia, who are in the situation of depending on the result of the India-England series because of pulling out of the South Africa tour, are hoping for the series to be drawn or for England to win by 2-1, and not more in order to face their Trans-Tasman rivals in the inaugural WTC final.
Every Test match is important: Gautam Gambhir
Speaking to the news agency, Asian News International, Gautam Gambhir said that every Test match is important, and the hosts should focus on the upcoming match, rather than thinking of the WTC final – as if Virat Kohli’s side lose the third Test match, they couldn’t reach the final. The former KKR skipper is expecting a close contest in Ahmedabad.
“Every Test match is important, one should not keep on thinking about the World Test Championship. The team should focus on this pink-ball game. I think it would be a good Test match,” Gautam Gambhir told ANI.
This only the second Pink-ball Test match in India – the previous one was against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens which India won comfortably as the pacers ran riot. However, India did lose their second Day-Night match against Australia in Adelaide as the team was bundled out for their lowest Test total.
With Jofra Archer or Mark Wood and James Anderson likely to play for England, and Jasprit Bumrah will also return for the hosts after resting in the second Test, it promises to be a highly entertaining game, in front of a massive crowd at the Motera.