“We’d like to get a good score like in the first Test match and drive it from there,” Root says. “Not sure how to make of the pitch. It’s dry. It will turn. The pink ball is a lot harder and it will swing. We’re excited to be 1-1. Four changes: Anderson, Archer, Bairstow, and Crawley come in place of Burns, Lawrence, Stone, and Moeen”
“We would have batted first as well,” says Kohli. “It looks like a bat first pitch. But having said that, the pitch looks like it can assist the seamers. Now we just have to get on. The practice wickets have been sporting and spicy. We’ve enjoyed that. It’s an outstanding stadium, an outstanding thing for Indian cricket, and great to see for the world as well.
Hopefully, the stadium can also be full later. I’m a bit more worried about the lights than the color of the seats. When it gets lost with the lights at the back, it’s hard to spot the ball. We’ve played at a similar stadium in Dubai. It’s about angles. Body positions. Two changes: Bumrah back. Siraj misses out. Washington Sundar comes back for Kuldeep Yadav. We wanted to add another spinning option but Washi provides a lot more with the bat. Those crucial runs with the lower order will be very very important”
IND vs ENG Highlights today Wednesday, 2-24-2021 – 3rd Test (D/N), England tour of India from Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad.
Joe Root has won the toss and chose to bat first.
India team: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 R Ashwin, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Axar Patel, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ishant Sharma.
England team: 1 Dom Sibley, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Zak Crawley, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Ollie Pope, 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Jofra Archer, 9 Jack Leach, 10 James Anderson, 11 Stuart Broad.
Match Timings: 09:00 GMT | 14:30 Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, Nitin Menon
TV Umpires – Chettithody Shamshuddin
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match number – TEST No. 2412