Bengaluru: India is on the tour of England to play a one-off Test match at Old Trafford to complete the unfinished series. It was postponed last year in September because some of the members of the Indian team were found to be Covid positive.
When the tour was called off, India was leading the series 2-1. That time, the Indian side was on the rampage to seal the rubber. But everyone has to bend in front of a natural calamity.
A lot of changes have occurred in both teams during the last nine months. India has bestowed a new coach and captain. Rahul Dravid has taken the place of Ravi Shastri, while Rohit Sharma has superseded Virat Kohli.
The hosts have gone through a similar transformation. Ben Stokes has been appointed as the new skipper in place of Joe Root. Brendon McCullum, the 40-year-old Kiwi, succeeds Chris Silverwood and interim head coach Andrew Strauss to improve the performance of England in the longest format of the game after the debacle in the Ashes and a shameful series loss to the West Indies earlier this year.
Initially, the pairing of two New Zealand-born, Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes, worked. The revamped English side defeated the Blackcaps in the first two Tests and sealed the series. The final Test of the series is to be started on Thursday.
On July 1, India is set to lock horns with England at Edgbaston. The Test match is important for WTC points as well as the result of the series. In the 2021–2023 season, India has been occupying the third place in the WTC points table, behind Australia and South Africa.
Currently, England has been playing positive cricket. India may find some difficulty because last year the hosts were on the backfoot. But Rohit and company are ready to face any challenge under any circumstances.
Incidentally, Dravid made his Test debut at the same venue in 1996. The new Indian coach is looking for a thrilling contest. I love coaching in Test cricket and look forward to it, “Rahul said.