The 3rd Test match, at Trent Bridge, starts today at 3.30 pm IST. Let’s look at the major changes the Indian team is set to have ahead of it.
While India would be making serious efforts to make a comeback, England must be eyeing to seal the series. What we look forward to are a great contest and the best players of both the teams in their best form. Since Trent Bridge is known for it’s upholding of the seam and swing, the pitch won’t be much different from the one at Lord’s. This is a major challenge that India’s going to face at Stuart Broad’s home ground. Let’s look at the most probable changes in the Indian side and the major prospects for the Nottingham Test.
The Indian skipper has been facing some evident stress by a recurring lower back injury in of late. Kohli scored 149 and 51 at Edgbaston but failed to reproduce his brilliance with the bat at Lord’s. He was batting in acute pain during the second Test. But after spending hours in the nets he thinks he’s fit enough to play the third Test. Even though he won’t fully fit for the field but he’s expecting a 100% with the bat.
Jasprit Bumrah is finally available for selection and skipper Kohli is more than excited about this prospect. The Indian pacer was out during the first two Tests because of a left-hand injury that he sustained in Ireland earlier this year. With Ben Stokes, replacing Sam Curran, returning for England, India was much in need a for a counterpart. And who better than the aggressive Bumrah for that role!
Bumrah’s inclusion in the team directly impacts the dropping of Umesh Yadav and Kohli hasn’t been diplomatic about it.
All in all, India was in ‘dire straits’ during the second Test and there’s no denying that both the batting and bowling departments are to be blamed. While the batting has remained solely dependent on the skipper’s performance since the tour of South Africa, the bowling hasn’t been as effective as that of the English bowlers. India is likely to play 4 seamers- Sharma, Shami, Bumrah, and Pandya. Consequently, Ashwin and Yadav will be dropped. Rishabh Pant is likely to make his Test debut, at the expense of Dinesh Karthik’s exclusion.