INDvsENG：Indian Team Arrives at Headingley Stadium.Training.Focusing.Winning.
Updated: Sep 14
LEEDS: Virat Kohli-led Indian team on Sunday arrived here at Headingley Stadium to begin practice for the third Test against England. All its top players sweating it out at the nets at Headingley. The visitors started practicing soon after reaching Leeds to play the third Test of the five-match series, having taken a 1-0 lead with a big 151-run win over the hosts at the Lord's. From skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Ajinkya Rahane and senior opener Rohit Sharma to pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, all the players were seen training at the nets.
Former Australian player Brad Hogg praised Virat Kohli for displaying honesty and not backing away from his poor form. The Indian skipper has had to juggle between his batting woes and responsibilities as the leader of this outfit. Kohli has endured a poor series with the bat so far. Across two Tests, he has been dismissed by four different bowlers and has failed to reach the fifty-run mark.
However, he has been at his aggressive best when it comes to team selection and captaincy. The ploy to play four seamers has paid dividends as they emerged as India's match-winners in the second Test.
Leaders have to show their vulnerability as well, and Virat Kohli has been doing that with his little lack of form or the tough run he's had as of late. He's not shying back from it. He's getting out there and he realizes that he is in it and he's working on it. And what that does, it creates that environment where the youngsters see it from their leaders and they feel comfortable to go in there and follow their leader.
He's creating an environment of excellence, where those particular players are allowed to be open straightaway and share what's on their mind. There is a lot of discipline, there's a clean environment there, and when you're on the training track there is no wasted time - every second is valuable time to hone your skills and make sure you're right for the game.
After the win in the second Test, India opening batsman KL Rahul said that if the opposition chooses to engage in verbals with his side, then they very well know how to give it back. "If you go after one of our guys, you are going after the whole team. That is why bowlers were really keen to go out there. This is what people come to watch and this highly speaks about how badly each team wants to win. We are looking forward to the next three games, both teams are going to come hard,"said Rahul during a virtual press conference.
On Day 3, Bumrah's bouncer barrage to his English counterpart was quite "unlike him" and was probably part of Virat Kohli's plan to either 'soften or 'injure' Anderson. When, out of the blue, Jasprit Bumrah started a relentless attack of short balls aimed into the body of no 11 Jimmy Anderson. It was very un-Bumrah like. Normally you would expect him to bowl a fast, full delivery into the stumps to Anderson to finish off the innings quickly like he did in the first. I am guessing this was Virat Kohli's plan executed by Bumrah. Go after the main guy in the opposition, soften him up a little, stir him up a bit or maybe injure him in a way that the main English weapon was blunted." The cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar said
The current England side is "a two-and-a-half member team", with Joe Root and Jimmy Anderson the only players who can threaten India. England needed Stokes as an inspirational figure but the all-rounder is suffering from mental health issues and is out indefinitely. Openers Sibley and Burns have been dismal. Bairstow and Buttler are not half as good in Tests. Stuart Broad and Archer are injured. To sum it up, India have got England in a spot, just as they would have preferred.
“The Indian team delivered a psychological blow to England by winning the second Test after making a comeback on the last day, it will take a superhuman effort from the home team to come back in the series. Yes, cricket is a game of uncertainties and things can turn around quite dramatically but for that to happen it will take a miracle.” Gavaskar wrote in his column for The Telegraph India.
India will next be seen in action against England in the third Test of the ongoing series, which starts on Wednesday, August 25. Having amassed a 1-0 lead, the visitors will be hoping to extend their lead at Headingley, Leeds.
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