India vs England 3rd Test: Crucial Encounter at Rajkot | Cricket News

Feb14,2024



New Delhi: The third chapter of the thriller test series The match between India and England is going to start from Thursday in Rajkot, where both the teams are ready for a decisive match, hence the expectations have increased a lot.
With the series tied at 1-1 after an up-and-down display, the upcoming match promises to be an interesting encounter between the two cricketing giants.
In the wake of England's surprise win in the series opener in Hyderabad, India made a strong comeback to level the scores in Vizag. The change in tempo has injected new excitement into the series, setting the stage for a fiercely competitive battle over the next five days at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Jaiswal and Bumrah – India's stars so far
India's resurgence in the series has been bolstered by excellent performances from key players.
Yashasvi JaiswalBrilliant batting skills played a vital role in India's comeback, scoring 321 runs, while Jasprit Bumrah's relentless paceHe has troubled the English batsmen by taking 15 wickets in his name.

Middle order concern for India
However, concerns remain about India's middle-order batting, especially the captain Rohit SharmaRecent decline in form.
With the absence of stalwarts like KL Rahul and Virat KohliTeam India faces the challenge of reshaping its batting lineup.
Now the spotlight is on promising talents like Sarfaraz Khan and Dhruv Jurel, who could be given a chance to debut to add to India's batting depth.
Local hero Jadeja is back
The return of local hero Ravindra Jadeja adds a layer of experience and versatility to India's spin department.
While India's spinners have faced challenges, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah's exceptional form has provided crucial breakthroughs, providing a ray of hope amid the bowling struggle.

England at its peak
In contrast, England go into the match boosted by the emergence of Tom Hartley as a key performer and the dynamic leadership of Ben Stokes, who is closing in on the milestone of his 100th Test match.
Stokes' inspirational leadership and aggressive approach has energized the English team, instilling confidence and resilience within the team.
epic battle awaits
As both the teams prepare to face off in Rajkot, the stage is set for an epic battle of skill and strategy.
The Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, known for its lively atmosphere and challenging conditions, promises to test the mettle of both sides.
For India, the task ahead is clear: They must be equal parts ruthless and clever to overcome the unexpected challenge presented by England.
With the series hanging in the balance, every run scored and wicket taken will hold immense importance in determining the outcome of this tight encounter.
Teams (from):
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Jasprit Bumrah (vice-captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep, Devdutt Padikkal.
England: Ben Stokes (captain), Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Shoaib Bashir, Dan Lawrence, Jack Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Fox (wk), Tom Hartley, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root. , Mark Wood.
Time: 9:30 am IST.

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(With inputs from PTI)



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