ENG VS IND: India is prepared to take on England in the Pataudi Trophy’s fifth Test match, which will now begin on July 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. As KL Rahul is out of the series due to injury and there have been no fresh developments about Rohit Sharma’s rehabilitation.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali believes that former India skipper Virat Kohli should assume leadership as this series is extremely important for both teams. India suffered a major setback when captain Rohit Sharma tested positive for Covid-19.
That raises questions about the captaincy of the team. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma participated in the exhibition match against Leicestershire. But opted not to bat in the second innings after it was revealed that he had the infection.
“Because Virat was the captain earlier in the last series, I would give it to him for this one game. But it is obviously his call if he wants to take it or not. He is probably relaxed and happy, his mind is probably settled with not being the Test captain. He’s got the experience, and to be honest with you, this is a big series for India,” Moeen Ali said.
ENG VS IND: England Have Upper Hand Over Indian Team- Moeen Ali
The English team, led by Ben Stokes, is in excellent shape as seen by their recent 3-0 home series victory over the current World Test Champions, New Zealand. Before facing the Kiwis and altering the course of the game.
England had been going through a difficult patch in their previous several games. According to their current performance, Moeen believes his team will win the upcoming Test.
“If this series was finished last year, India would have won 3-1, but now, I feel the way England has played, I think India might be slightly undercooked, due to the lack of cricket in England. If England comes out the way they have played in the last few games, England will be the favorites.” Moeen Ali.
India, which leads the series 2-1. They will want to win or force a tie to maintain their advantage in the final score. The revitalized English squad, on the other side. Will aim to maintain their momentum and win the last Test to tie the series.
ENG VS IND: In the Absence Of Rohit Sharma Predicted Opening Pairs
The situation for India‘s opening combination for the postponed final Test against England. It does not seem bright after captain Rohit Sharma tested positive for COVID-19 and his availability is in doubt as a result.
The team management will not only need to find a new captain if Rohit is unable to recuperate in time for the Edgbaston Test. But they will also need to find a reliable opening partnership that can take on Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
Mayank Agarwal was recently brought in to replace Rohit. Therefore in their warm-up game against Leicestershire, SK Bharat and Shubman Gill were trialed as openers. This opened one of the starting partnerships that India can consider.
Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara, who previously opened for Australia, might also be a choice to face the new ball. In light of that, let’s examine.