| On Updated : Mar 9, 2021 1:50 PM IST

IND vs ENG: Umesh Yadav likely to replace Mohammad Siraj for 3rd Test

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IND vs ENG Test series is evenly poised with both teams hammering each other in a test each. Now the action shifts to Ahmedabad for the 3rd game which would be a day-night game. It will also mark the first international game in this historic ground.

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India were hit by injuries prior to the start of the series as the best all rounder in Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the series right away. India’s most lethal fast bowlers in India, Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav were ruled out for the first 2 tests as well. Now, it has been more or less confirmed that one of the aforementioned pacers will play the 3rd test for India.

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The squad for the 3rd and 4th test was announced few days back and Umesh Yadav was present in the list. As the game will be played with pink ball and under lights, it is expected to swing and assist fast bowlers.

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Traditionally, India are a side that loves to stream roll the opposition in home by preparing turners but that was not the case in the last 3 years or so. One of the main reasons for that is the exploits of Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami.

In the above stat, one can see the mind-boggling strike rate of Umesh Yadav who picks a wicket every in 4.1 overs that he bowls. The Vidarbha pacer has clearly outbowled all the other Indians bowlers fair and square. He also has 34 wickets from 6 games. It is not easy for a fast bowler to succeed in India but Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami are an exception purely because of their ability to extract reverse swing.

India will have twin changes for IND vs ENG 3rd Test as Mohammad Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav will be making way for Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.

IND playing 11 (likely)

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

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