After dramatic first test and controversial second test, it is Ranchi’s turn to add some more spices into Border-Gavaskar trophy, 2017. And the pitch of Ranchi has already caught the eyes. In its very first appearance, the pitch was brown and dry with no grass on it. Critics have already tagged the pitch as “unsporting” pitch. It looks only favourable for the spinner. Pacers will get no bounce from the pitch. In his defence the pitch curator of Jharkhand, SB Singh said the wicket at Ranchi will help bowlers as well as batsmen and will certainly last for five days. However, no conclusion will be wise right now before seeing the pitch report on match day which is 16th March 2017.
Now, the city gears up for its first ever test. Both of the team are ready for the big green. Indian star spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin came back to form in the 2nd Test and pulled off a magical spell in the 2nd innings. Kohli is counting on him as the pitch looks to support spinners heavily. Apart from Ashwin, India has all rounder like Jadeja from another end. Most of the on-field players can move their wrist if required. The all rounding ability of the team gives Kohli a great ease.
The batsmen are also doing well as KL Rahul scored 50 in both the innings when Rahane and Pujara produced a match-winning partnership in the 2nd innings. Another good newz is Murali Vijay’s recovery. He is now fit and will replace Abhinav Mukund in the 3rd test. He is expecting to play his 50th test tomorrow. But unfortunately, Indian Captain Kohli has failed to score. Hopefully, Ranchi will be a breakthrough for a Kohli special.
While India is having some good newz the opponent is only facing trouble. They have been forced to make a couple of changes in the squad due to some injury to the key players. Striker bowler, Mitchell Starc has been sent back to home with an injury. He was actually saving Australia with both bat and ball. To make things worse, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is injured too which brings Glen Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis into the limelight. Maxwell won’t be a bad bet for the Aussies as he can be a useful off-spinner too.
India – Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.
Australia – Steve Smith (c), David Warner (VC), Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Stephen O’Keefe, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade