Sports desk. The Indian team practiced with a swinging pink ball at the new Motera Stadium before the day / night Test against England starting on Wednesday and captain Virat Kohli led the rigorous training session. England won the first Test in Chennai by 227 runs and India made a spectacular comeback to win by 317 runs in the second match at the same stadium, making the four-match series still 1–1.
The home team wants to gain an edge in the series by registering another win and keeping this in mind, the players of the home team drilled stretching exercises, fielding before practicing on the net at the new Sardar Patel Stadium. The world’s largest cricket stadium has a seating capacity of 1,10,000 spectators. Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant did batting practice while Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj were seen running in the sun. Fast bowler Bumrah did not play in the second match at Chepauk and he is ready to return and Ishant Sharma also bowled who is close to his 100th Test.
The spinners may have taken the most wickets in the first two Tests in the current series, but the Indian fast bowlers won all 20 wickets in the pink ball match played against Bangladesh at home on the previous day. Openers Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal also practiced at the nets with the Punjab batsman preparing to pair up with Rohit in the top order again in the upcoming match. The spinners (Ravichandran Ashwin, Akshar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav) also bowled. Of these, the first two spinners are scheduled to play, even though India may consider keeping the Chinaman bowler out of view of the swinging pink ball.