new Delhi: The second match of the 4-Test series between India and England is going to start in Chennai on February 13. The toss will be held tomorrow at 9 am while the test will be played from 9.30 am. After losing the first Test, the match is ‘do and die’ for India in terms of ICC Test Championship. It is necessary for India to win this match to maintain hope for the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
New Zealand has already reached the finals of the ICC World Test Championship. New Zealand are number two in the ICC Test Championship and have cleared their way to the finals. But despite being at the top, the Indian team faces England’s challenge. Only after this test series, it will be decided which team of New Zealand will compete with India, England or Australia. India have to win two matches to enter the World Test Championship final and not lose a single.
So the Indian team will take a lesson from their mistakes in the Chennai Test starting tomorrow. The entire team, including captain Virat, knows that missing out here means being out of the World Test Championship final. Virat Kohli, who performed well under pressure, and the entire team will have to perform well in the second Test of Chennai.
Meanwhile, before the second Test, the England team has made 4 major changes in its 12-man squad. Stuart Broad has been added to the squad by resting James Anderson. Moeen Ali has been replaced in place of Dom Bess, with Ben Fox replacing wicketkeeper Jose Butler. Butler has returned home after the first Test under the rotation policy. Captain Joe Root said in the press conference that ‘we are going to make 4 changes. Jimmy (Anderson), Joffra Archer, Jose (Butler), Dom Bess are out, while Fox, Ali, Stone, Broad and Vox make it to the final 12. ‘
At the same time, there are expectations of a change in the playing eleven of Team India. The spinner is expected to get help and turn in Chepauk. In such a situation, Ravichandran Ashwin will need a colleague from the other end who can maintain pressure from the other end. Therefore, it is almost impossible to play either of Akshar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav. At the same time, Hardik Pandya can also get a chance.