Virat Kohli’s India registered a memorable victory in the Trent Bridge Test and they need to face the hosts in the Southampton test and win the game to level the series. Since the grounds at Southampton doesn’t support pacers, the conditions got tougher for the pacer. If India needs to draw the series, they will enjoy the game on batting tracks at Southampton.
They managed to pressurize the hosts by batting first at the Trent Bridge test and record a massive victory with all-round performances. Ravichandran Ashwin is recovering from the injury and he might participate in the fourth test. On the other hand, the management sacked Kuldeep Yadav and Murali Vijay out of the team for the rest of the two tests. India is looking to bat first in the Southampton test to repeat the Trent Bridge feat.
Don Bradman created the history of winning a five-game test series after trailing by 0-2. If Kohli’s men need to level the record, they have to win the Southampton test for sure. The English seemed stronger after the victory in the Lords’ test but were very submissive in the Nottingham test. The poor form of Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are points of worry for the hosts and in the current position, they are standing at an equal position to the visitors when it comes to team composition.
Coming to the batting line up, Kohli is in the extraordinary form and the openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are in better form when compared to the openers from England, Alistair Cook, and Keaton Jennings. With the third test, Pujara also proved that he can overcome adversities and make good scores despite the huge struggle.
The hosts are planning to include Moeen Ali in addition to Adil Rashid and the pacers James Anderson, Stuart Board, and Sam Curran will be the crucial bowlers along with the all-rounder Chris Woakes. However, the Indian team composition seems stronger when compared to the first two tests and the hosts are planning to play with a different action plan to clinch the series before the fifth test at Oval.
The English have to mend their ways regarding their fragile top order to give a strong answer to their loss in the third test. The Indians are heading towards the fourth test with considerable changes and Ravindra Jadeja may get an opportunity to play the fourth test if Ravichandran Ashwin is not available for Southampton Test.