Ahmedabad: The pink ball is a colorful memory for India; At the same time, it is a nightmare that you want to forget. India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in their first pink ball day-night Test in November 2019 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. However, the 2nd innings of the Pink Test against Australia in Adelaide in December 2020 was a disgrace to India; Out for 36 runs. And that match was lost. India only want to win the third match with the pink ball at the huge stadium in Motera today. It will be available live on Star Sports channels from 2.30 pm.
The series is tied at 1–1. India can reach the final of the World Test Championship only if they win the series 2–1 or 3–1. You have to win both. Or win one and draw the next. England have a chance only if they win both.
For the first time since 2014, Motera is hosting an international cricket match. The general expectation is that the spin-dominating pitch will be ready for the hosts, who beat England in the 2nd Test at Chepauk. Indian opener Rohit Sharma shared the same hope: ‘Here is a pitch to help R Ashwin and Akshar Patel.’
However, in the first two Pink Tests, India knew the thickness of the pace. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav also took 17 wickets for Bangladesh in Eden. In Adelaide, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Heiselwood took 17 wickets for Australia. Will the pink ball swing under the floodlight? In that case, James Anderson will be more of a threat to the Indian team than Joffre Archer. Indian pacer Ishant Sharma said, “We don’t have a great idea about the pitch at the new ground.” But in Anderson’s opinion, ‘a kind of grassless pitch’ belongs to Motera. Injured Umesh Yadav could replace Kuldeep Yadav in the Indian team.
കോ Virat Kohli can break the record of being the Indian captain to win the most Test matches in a home series. With the win in Chennai, Kohli is on par with Dhoni for 21 wins.
ഒരു If Virat Kohli scores a century here, he will become the highest-scoring captain in international cricket. Kohli and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting are now tied with 41 centuries.
India have played 2 Pink Tests so far. Victory in one, defeat in the other.
England have played 3 Pink Tests so far. Won one. Two were defeated.
ടീ The team that wins the toss has won eight of the 15 Pink Tests so far.
പി The pink ball is used in day and night matches as it is difficult to see the red ball commonly used in Test matches in floodlights.
യും India and England have played 2 Tests at the old ground in Motera. Drawn in 2001. India wins in 2012
Gavaskar and Kapil
Sunil Gavaskar completed 10,000 runs in Tests at the old ground in Motera. Kapil Dev’s best Test bowling performance (9–83) at the same venue. It was here that Kapil surpassed Richard Haddley’s record for most Test wickets at the time.
We have limited knowledge about this pitch. The playing XI will be announced after checking the pitch this morning. Joffre Archer will be back. I think some elements of the pitch will work in our favor.
Joe Root, England captain
Spin and pace
It is not certain that the pink ball will not swing on the pitch in Motera. Pink balls give more swing than red balls. Spin will also play a crucial role in this match.
Virat Kohli, Indian captain
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