Ind vs Eng 3rd Test: Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels that India should go ahead with three seamers in the third Test at Motera Stadium on Wednesday. He opines that Mohammad Siraj should be in the playing XI for 11 along with Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.
Umesh Yadav was added to the squad for the last two Tests but Gambhir does not the pacer get a spot in the playing 11 for pink-ball Test.
“I don’t see Umesh Yadav in the playing XI. If India has to go with three seamers, it has to be Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj,” Gambhir told Star Sports.
“Siraj looks very impressive and the way he bowled in Australia, even the way he bowled in the second Test match, there was nothing for the fast bowlers but the way he was getting the ball to move and the kind of speeds he was clocking, he was very impressive. So, these three seamers according to me will play the pink-ball Test match,” he added.
Gambhir further added that India have the bowling attack to pose threat to the visitors in the third Test. He believes that England players need to play out of their skins to succeed against Virat-led India.
“England needs to play really well because India has got fast bowling to actually trouble England. With the kind of batting they have, Ishant Sharma on the verge of playing 100 Test matches, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj looks in very good rhythm plus Ashwin back in form with the bat, Axar. So, India has got the bowling attack to rattle them,” Star Sports quoted Gautam Gambhir as saying.
The four-match Test series between India and England is level at 1-1. The Ahmedabad test is crucial as the World Test Championships is at stake.