- India and England will start the 3rd Test match today at Trent Bridge in Nottingham
- Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has raised concerns over the form of Indian batting unit apart from Virat Kohli
- Ganguly also believes that Stokes reintroduction in the England playing 11 will make it even harder for India in the match
After a decent fight in the 1st Test match, the majority of the Indian fans were excited for the following 4 Test matches in the series. However, a resounding defeat in the second Test match has left team India and captain Virat Kohli with a plethora of questions that will need to be answered before the 1st ball is bowled at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Ahead of the 3rd Test match starting in a few years, there are also concerns regarding Virat Kohli’s fitness after he complained of exhaustion in the presentation ceremony at Lords. The good news is that the captain practiced yesterday and looked fit enough to take the field today.
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Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly wrote in his column for Times of India about India’s strategy for the remaining 3 Test matches. He wrote,”The third Test will test India’s resilience. Virat and his boys have had a tough time, especially at Lord’s, countering the swing bowling but they need to remember that in South Africa they came back strongly to win the third Test. They are 2-0 down, but there are still three matches to go, which is a lot of cricket.”
The biggest worry for India right now is the form of it’s batting unit, apart from Kohli, none of the Indian batsmen have even managed a half-century till now. Players are Murali Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been hugely disappointing till now. Shikhar Dhawan is expected to come into the side, while Rishabh Pant is all set to make his Test debut ahead of Dinesh Karthik.
“Can the Indians fight back? The worry is they have succumbed to the fact that it will be tough. Yes, it will be tough but not impossible. The mind has to believe that. A lot is being said about Kohli’s influence, but he alone will not win matches. Tendulkar did not. Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, Rahul, and Dhawan have to believe; they have done it earlier in difficult situations and only that belief can help them change the mental frame they are in,” wrote Ganguly in his column when discussing the mental state of some of the Indian batsmen.
Latest Cricket News: Ben Stokes return, brilliant news for England fans
Ben Stokes who missed the 2nd Test match as he had to attend court hearings all week regarding his Bristol bar brawl last year will come back straight into the England playing 11, which further strengthens an already formidable Test team. His wickets in the 1st Test match were key to dragging England back into the contest and eventually securing a win.
Speaking about the 27-year-old Rajasthan Royals player, Ganguly wrote,”England will be even more bolstered by the return of Stokes. His inclusion will not only add more variation to the English bowling but will also add depth to their batting. Trent Bridge is a venue where the ball swings. It is a venue very close to Broad and Anderson’s heart. So a full pronged pace attack could be the way forward for England to beat India.”
The 3rd Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham will start at 3:30 PM/IST with the toss scheduled for 3:00 PM
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