India are set to clash against England in the final test on July 1 at Edgbaston. Clearly, things are not the same when this test series was halted. For starters, Virat Kohli and Joe Root were leading their countries. Ravi Shastri and Chris Silverwood were the head coaches of India and England respectively. India were the dominant side, with comprehensive wins led by an aggressive captain. England, on the other hand, were quite conservative with their approach.
They looked to avoid defeat instead of going for a win. But the scenario of both the teams has changed drastically now. India are led by a much calmer captain. One who is known for his captaincy records but has near to no experience of captaincy in test cricket. Ben Stokes, who was only a possible replacement for Joe Root, is now England’s full-time captain. Former Kiwi Batter Brendon McCullum is now the head coach of this English side. The way they have played against New Zealand has been a package of attacking cricket.
They now have reliable middle order, one that does not crumble under pressure. Bowlers have found their rhythm and are troubling batters right from the first ball. A win for India now looks a much harder task than it was before. Cheteshwar Pujara, who was dropped from the Test side, has been included back in the squad. He shared his views on what this win would mean for the Indian team.
We Will Form A Strategy For This New English Side – Pujara
“I think it’s a good challenge for us,” Pujara said. “Yes we are 2-1 ahead in the series, but at the same time this is the most important Test match of the series. And as you mentioned it is after a long time. So we just need to regroup. We just need to understand our strengths.