The 3rd Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy between India vs Australia begins from today at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.
After handling Australia a massive defeat of 320 Runs in the 2nd Test at Mohali, the confidence of the Indian Team will be sky-high though the captaincy will be changed in this match and Anil Kumble will be back to take the lead replacing M.S.Dhoni who marshalled Team India really well to enable them to inflict a big defeat on the Aussies, this captaincy change seems unlikely to affect the Indian Team who are confident of securing a series clinching win in this 3rd Test at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium.
The Track Record of Team India & it’s captain – Anil Kumble has been phenomenal at the Kotla – India have won the last seven Tests here, and Kumble has a rich haul of 55 wickets from six Tests at an average of 15.41.
For Ricky Ponting – This Tour has been a disaster so far. His own form has come undone after a splendid start in Bangalore, but even worse, he could only watch helplessly as his team was completely outclassed in Mohali. Australia have so far been badly let down by the senior players – Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke and Brett Lee have all been below par – and they need at least a couple of them to turn in match-winning performances to claw back in the series.
India: 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Sourav Ganguly, 6 VVS Laxman, 7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), 8 Anil Kumble (capt), 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ishant Sharma.
Stuart Clark is back in the reckoning after missing the previous match due an elbow injury. He will replace Peter Siddle, while Jason Krejza has been named in the 12-man shortlist as well. Krejza had a terrible time in the tour game against the Board President’s 11, and it’s unlikely Australia will take a chance with him even in conditions expected to favour spin.
Australia: 1 Matthew Hayden, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Shane Watson, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Cameron White, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Mitchell Johnson, 11 Stuart Clark.
Pitch & conditions
Radhey Shyam, the curator, has a track record of making pitches which suit Kumble, and there is every likelihood of another spin-friendly surface over the next five days. If that’s the case the toss could be crucial yet again. Though the weather is expected to remain clear, the morning smog and the early sunset could both eat into playing time.
“I’ve tried to completely dismiss last week. It was one of those games where we were totally outplayed and what you’ve got to do is look at reasons why. You learn your lessons and push on.”
Ricky Ponting tries to take the positives out of what has so far been a poor tour for the Australians
“Going by the record we have at the Kotla and the kind of cricket we played in Mohali, it certainly gives us a lot of confidence going into the game. We are fully confident that we will be able to win the series here.”
Anil Kumble is expectedly upbeat ahead of the Delhi Test.
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