The Indian team have started preparations for the day-night test against England which will be held in Ahmedabad from February 24. India’s No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara and versatile Hardik Pandya were busy taking on the pending trio of Rahul Chahar, Shahbaz Nadeem and K. Gowtham after India’s 317 point victory over England in the second test here.
They spent around 45 minutes facing the pink ball, with batting coach Vikram Rathour and coach R. Sridhar keeping a close watch. Pandya came off against the spinners, indulging in frequent big punches with the occasional cut off and forefoot defense.
Before the start of day four of the second India v England test, Hardik Pandya engaged in strength and endurance exercises with Chepauk’s crowd cheering him on. – TWITTER | @ HARDIKPANDYA7
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Pujara also came out towards the spinners and played the sweep on several occasions. He had a rather average outing against England in the second test with scores of 21 and 7. Earlier, before the start of day four, Pandya engaged in strength and endurance exercises with the crowd of Chepauk pushing him.
Meanwhile, India spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who was at rest for this test, played on one of the training grounds at full pace with the pink ball. Washington Sundar had also trained with the pink ball on the sidelines of the second test. All-rounder from Tamil Nadu and wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha also hit the net on Tuesday.
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The third test will take place at the refurbished Sardar Patel Stadium, the largest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 1.10 lakh spectators. Ahmedabad last hosted international cricket in 2014 – when India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets.
“Ahmedabad is totally sold out for the day-night test match as it is the first match there after a long time,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said as quoted by the host broadcaster. Motera stadium is only expected to have 50% capacity, like MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai for the second test.