The Test, which will be played with the pink ball, will start here on February 24.
We learn that the management of the Indian team wants to play to its strength and there could be a proposed turner with Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel ready to exploit the conditions to the maximum.
With Ashwin and Axar representing 15 of the 20 wickets in the second test, India, keeping in mind the swaying pink ball under the lights, could drop Kuldeep Yadav and include a third stimulator.
Bumrah returns automatically after rest and the draw will be between Umesh and Mohammed Siraj for the place of the third stimulator.
“Umesh’s fitness test will take place in a few days,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Friday.
Umesh was ruled out in the second test against Australia in Melbourne last December with a calf injury.
He was an effective bowler on Indian lanes and was a threat in the country’s first day / night test in Kolkata.
However, it will be interesting to see how dry the Motera gate is, considering that there might be dew.
“Look, it doesn’t matter if the ball is red or pink. If you keep a dry wicket, the ball will spin and excess hairspray will be of no consequence,” a former Indian spinner said when asked for his opinion.
“However, if there is dew, it is obvious that the ball will start to slip and that might be good for the stick. So that cannot be ruled out,” he said.