After a week-long break, India and England will resume their rivalry when the face off in the pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad from Wednesday. The four-match series is currently locked 1-1. Most of the debate going into the third Test is how the pink ball will behave and also how the batsmen will tackle the twilight period. Discussions are also centering around whether India should go in with two or three spinners.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin praised debutant Axar Patel, who claimed a five-wicket haul on Test debut in the second innings of the second innings of the second Test in Chennai. Patel picked up 5 for 60 as India rolled over England for 164. With the 317-run triumph, India squared the four-match series 1-1.
England off-spinner Dom Bess starred for the visitors on Day 3 of the first Test against India in Chennai. Bess claimed 4 for 55 in 23 overs as India stumbled to 257 for 6 in response in England’s mammoth first-innings total of 578.
Ahead of the first Test against England in Chennai, Indian captain Virat Kohli has stated that India will not make the mistake of focusing on the World Test Championship (WTC) final since it cost them the series in New Zealand in February 2020. According to Kohli, India’s sole aim will be to win the Test matches against England.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali has admitted that getting Indian captain Virat Kohli out will be among the major challenges for them in the Test series against India that will get underway soon. Kohli is returning from his paternity leave, having missed three of the four Tests Down Under. According to Moeen, Kohli will be extra-motivated to do well having missed out on a slice of history in Australia.
Opening up on the captaincy debate, Ajinkya Rahane has said that Virat Kohli is his captain and will remain so. Rahane was speaking after the growing chorus over him to replace Kohli as Test skipper in the wake of his brilliant leadership Down Under. The 32-year-old took over from Kohli after the Adelaide loss and guided India to a famous 2-1 series triumph over Australia. India next take on England at home in a four-match Test series, with Kohli back at the helm of affairs and Rahane resuming his vice-captaincy duties
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson ended 2020 as the No.1 batsman in Test cricket as the latest ICC Men’s Test Rankings were released on Thursday. Williamson moved past Indian captain Virat Kohli and Aussie run-machine Steve Smith to occupy the top slot.
India’s woes on a day they were bundled out for 36 by Australia at Adelaide worsened as experienced pacer Mohammed Shami was ruled out of the Test series with a fracture on his arm. During India’s disastrous batting outfit in the second innings at Adelaide, Shami was struck on the right arm by a bouncer from Pat Cummins.
Australia trounced India by 66 runs in the first ODI at Sydney on Friday. Batting first after winning the toss, the Aussies posted a mammoth 374 for 6 on the board courtesy tons from skipper Aaron Finch and Steve Smith, and a scintillating cameo of 45 from 19 from Glenn Maxwell.