Maiden band Motera has become a great point of conversation as captain of India They grow kohli prepares the right questionnaire with a pink ball to make it difficult for spoiled England in the third day-night test, which starts here on Wednesday.
Ahmedabad as a place for cricket has witnessed many cricket feats in Indian cricket – from the famous late cut of Sunil Gavaskar to the completion of 10,000 tracks in tests to the best bowling figures from 9 to 83 of Kapil Dev, as well as shading of Richard Hadley’s then-world record for the highest wickets.
On Wednesday, Ishant Sharma joining Kapil as the second Indian pacer to play 100 tests will contribute to the important occasion, and Kohli, who scored a hundred, is exactly what the 55,000 strange spectators who will be admitted could crave.
The renovated Sardar Patel Stadium looks colossal under the lights, but the first test match in many years would mean that even the home team would not expect many advantages.
He would prefer a square turner to go 2-1 up in a high stakes game, but whether he actually gets it remains to be seen.
As a senior opener Rohit Sharma was clear in choosing the surface of the team – a turner who helps Ravichandran Ashvin and Aksar Patel just like Joe Koren would choose the green peak of Hedgley or Old Trafford.
There are a few more questions that need to be answered.
How would the twilight period be for the batsmen, as James Anderson thinks the ball is swinging more at this stage?
Will the additional polish on SG Test Pink make it difficult to combine Ashwin-Axar, which caused chaos in the Chepauk snake pit?
And starting at 2:30 p.m., how much dew will there be during the last session? The ball will be difficult to catch at this point for slow bowling and the terrain, although the grass is shaved, can be calmed by sliding the ball off the surface.
When there are so many unknown variables that require factoring, every captain would like to assess the conditions, as senior speed Ishant said Monday.
“… this pink ball test test for a match we’re playing on new ground, so even for us there are a few things we don’t know how we’re going to have to deal with all these things,” Ishant told on the eve of his 100th test match.
However, its opposite number, James Anderson, has no doubt that when the clock strikes 2:30 pm on Wednesday, the track will have a bald appearance similar to Chepauk.
You know how, together with Ishant and the already wounded Mohamed Shami, had polished Bangladesh twice in six sessions in Pink Test’s first match in Kolkata.
But this England team, with Joe Ruth, Ben Stokes, Johnny Beirstov, will be a far greater challenge.
Hardik Pandya was detained with the test team in view of his bowling load, but it is not known whether the team believes he is ready for the match.
Pandya, with a maximum load of 15 overs per turn, can provide more balance to player XI, and his big hit can tip any game in India’s favor.
For England, p Mouen Ali returning home as part of load management, Dom Bess is expected to return with Jack Leach to the spin department
However, whether Anderson and Joffra Archer will have Stuart Broad or Mark Wood as company is still unclear.
Also, talented batsman Zack Crowley could return to Game XI instead of Rory Burns, while Johnny Bairstow could replace Dan Lawrence at number three.
India: Virat Koli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal,, Shubman Gil,, Cheteshwar Pujara,, Adjinkya Rahane (Deputy Captain), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha (door guard), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit bumrah, Md. Siraj, Umesh Yadav.
England: Joe Ruth (c), James Anderson, Joffra Archer, Johnny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zack Crowley, Ben Fawkes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Olly Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Ben Stokes Chris Wakes, Mark Wood.
The match starts at 14:30 (CURRENT).