Team India will play the third match of the 4-match Test series against England on February 23. At the same time, the series is currently equaled at 1-1 as the first match was won by England, while India won the second match. Meanwhile, the third match is scheduled to be played at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Here’s take a look at India’s probable playing XI for 3rd Test:
Rohit and Shubman as opening pair:
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will be seen opening the innings for India as the team needs a good start to pressurize the opponents. However, the pair failed in the first two Tests, but the team is expecting a big partnership from them this time.
Pujara, Kohli and Rahane:
India’s experienced batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane will be seen playing in the middle order. Meanwhile, these three will have the responsibility to lead the team toward a big score.
Rishabh Pant as wicketkeeper:
Rishabh Pant, who played brilliantly in the second test, has been performing much better behind the wicket as well.
Bumrah to replaces Mohammad Siraj:
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested in the second Test against England, is set to make comeback in the third test. Meanwhile, he will be included in the playing XI in place of Mohammad Siraj.
Hardik Pandya to replace Kuldeep Yadav:
For this match, Team management may include all-rounder Hardik Pandya in place of Kuldeep Yadav. Meanwhile, Axar Patel impressed everyone with 5 wickets-haul in the second innings of his Test debut. He is also expected to be given a chance in this match. At the same time, Ashwin and Axar can be seen as a spinner duo.
Team India’s Probable Playing XI of the third test:
Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel.