Updated February 14th, 2024 at 19:16 IST

'That's ANOTHER HEADACHE': Zaheer Khan's major worry for Rohit Sharma-led Team India before 3rd Test

Ahead of the start of the match, former India bowler Zaheer Khan has weighed in on several facets related to the 3rd Test. The 3rd Test will start from Feb 15.

Zaheer Khan and MS Dhoni | Image:Jio Cinema
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After enthralling action in the first two Tests, the teams of India and England are all set to square off for the third time in the series. The 3rd India vs England Test is scheduled to start on Thursday, February 15, 2024. The match will take place at Rajkot. Ahead of the start of the match, former India bowler Zaheer Khan has weighed in on several facets related to the 3rd Test. Zak feels the Rajkot pitch will be similar to the ones in Hyderabad and Vizag, bringing reverse swing into play once again.

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Zaheer Khan on the India vs England 3rd Test

Jasprit Bumrah put up a reverse swing masterclass in Vizag for a match haul of nine wickets as India levelled the series.

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"I hope the pitch is on similar lines to the one in Hyderabad and Vizag," Zaheer told JioCinema.

"On that kind of a surface, we should be able to see a good contest between bat and ball for the first two days and spin comes into play on the third day.

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"You’ll see some reverse swing as well. And on the fourth and fifth days, you’ll have the spinners dominating.

"If that is the pattern, it will make for a nice viewing experience for all the spectators and the fans will enjoy." Former England batter Owais Shah could not agree more.

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"The big match-up will be between Jasprit Bumrah and England’s middle-order. That’s because Bumrah will be able to generate reverse swing in Rajkot," Owais said.

"When he bowls with the old ball, it becomes difficult for the England batters. That’s because he’s getting wickets and not giving away runs." Keeping that in mind, the Ben Stokes-led side have chosen for a two-seam attack, bringing in speedster Mark Wood to pair up with veteran James Anderson.

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IND vs ENG: Word on selection headache

India will announce their team only at toss. Zaheer feels India will need to make some "complex" decisions as spinner all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is set to return at his home venue.

"That’s another headache once you have picked the squad! Whether it’s going to be Axar (Patel), whether it’s going to be Kuldeep (Yadav) or you are going to pick all of them," Zaheer said.

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"This is something India will be thinking about, whether you need that extra bowler along with Jasprit (Bumrah).

"It will also depend on how the pitch is going to play, so some complex decision-making will be involved. But there’s a lot to think about for the decision-makers," said Zaheer. 

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Published February 14th, 2024 at 17:33 IST