Top 3 Battles to look out for: IND vs ENG 3rd Test

Anderson vs Kohli 

There is no need for an introduction to these two legends of the game. On one hand, we have the 3rd highest wicket-taker in Tests also being the leading wicket-taking pacer of all times. And on the other hand, we have the King of Cricket with 70 International centuries (which is the 3rd most of all times) to back his reputation. 

The Kohli-Anderson rivalry has been the talk of the series so far after a Golden Duck in the first innings of the 1st Test, though Anderson could not Take Kohli’s wicket in the 2nd test they still managed to be in the highlights with the little conversation they had on the pitch. 

To Quote the conversation:

Kohli:            “What was that? Huh?”

                      “Swearing at me again? Like Jasprit?”

Anderson:    “You can swear at me all you want, no one else can.”

Kohli:            “You play by your own rules.”

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Kohli:             “You’re calling me a f**king prick for running too ?”

                       “This isn’t your backyard”

Anderson:    “I think bowlers can run through the crease too.”

Kohli:              “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”, “chirp, chirp, chirp”

                       “that’s what old age makes you do.”

We are just into the 2nd Match and the intensity between the two sides has been pretty amazing so far. These two greats have a lot of fire left in them & these two will leave no stones unturned to prove their supremacy which will be entertaining for all the fans around the globe.

Jos Butler & Jasprit Bumrah

After a nerve-wracking 2nd Test match, a lot of players got into some heated arguments. Jasprit Bumrah & Jos Butler were one of them. 

After Rishabh Pant’s early dismissal on Day-5 which gave England an edge over the Indians as the lead was only 165 with 85 overs left in the day. After a bouncer bowled at Bumrah by Ollie Robinson,  some words were exchanged between them and it led to a heated argument including Shami, Butler, Root, Bumrah. Eventually, the umpires stepped in & resolved the issue. 

After this argument, Bumrah & Shami put up an amazing highest ever 89 runs 9th wicket partnership for India which was also the base of India’s 151 run victory. 

Bumrah took Butler’s wicket in the first inning of the 1st test & also tested him in the deciding innings where Butler eventually gave in to Siraj after fighting for a draw with the English tail-enders.

 Root vs Ashwin 

The Indian bowling line-up has not been able to pose any threat to the in-form English captain so far in the series. With 2 centuries & a half-century in four innings, the only English batsman who has troubled Virat and his men are looking un-stoppable. In the 3rd test at Headingley, Ravichandran Ashwin is to be included according to rumors to give strength to their bowling line-up against Root. Ashwin has troubled Root in the past and will be expected to do so once again.

Ever since Root made his debut in Nagpur with a promising inning of 73, he has troubled India. He completely dominated the 2014 series at home (518 runs, average of 103.60), scoring two big hundreds and three half-centuries which helped England to a pretty smooth victory. England faced defeats on their tour of India in 2016 but Root still managed to score 491 runs. 

Ashwin’s record in England has been ordinary as English pitches support more seam & swing but the India off-spinner is better prepared for the challenge this time. He has worked on his game by playing county cricket this summer. In preparation for this series, he played a game for Surrey last month where he managed to take six wickets against Somerset. Ashwin’s variations with the ball have proved to be challenging for batsmen even on pitches that don’t turn so much.  

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