The third Test match of the England tour of India will be played at the Motera Stadium on February 24, Wednesday. The bilateral series currently has been levelled to 1-1. England managed to beat India in the first Test match and took a comprehensive lead while the hosts beat the visitors in the following Test match and made the scores level before the highly anticipated match at the renovated Motera Stadium. The bilateral series between the two cricketing giants will also determine the second entrant of the World Test Championship Final. Both teams will be aiming to bring out their A-game to clinch the 3rd Test match. Joe Root and Virat Kohli will be counting on their in-form players to play a crucial part in the upcoming game. Let’s have a look at the three players to watch out for ahead of the Motera Test:
- Virat Kohli
Even though Virat Kohli is struggling to convert his half-centuries into a 100 but the Indian skipper has been consistent in scoring runs. India has only played two pink ball day/night Test matches and Kohli has been the top performer with the bat. He is the only Indian so far to score a century in the pink-ball Test. India’s last fixture with the pink ball took place in Adelaide against Australia where the Indian captain scored a fighting half-century.
- Ishant Sharma
In India’s first-ever day/night Test match, Ishant Sharma took a five-wicket haul and ensured a comfortable victory against Bangladesh. The Indian pacer has been in a good form and has managed to pick wickets on a pitch that favoured the spinners. The 32-year-old bowler will be Kohli’s go-to bowler in Motera, his pace and bounce would be useful.
- James Anderson
After being dropped in the second Test match, James Anderson would make his way in the third match at the Motera Stadium. The pitch conditions might favour the veteran English bowler, after the first two Tests, the bilateral series has come to an interesting stage where the two teams won’t settle for anything less than a win.