India takes on New Zealand in the third test. The stage is pretty clear for India, isn't it? Nail this one and have a prolonged stay on the number one position of ICC Test Rankings. Meanwhile New Zealand will play for pride. A test win on Indian soil will boost their confidence to higher levels before they play India in the limited overs game. By the way, Indian team for the ODI series is already declared and you would see the likes of Dhoni and Raina back in action. Coming back to the third test match, watch live streaming on HotStar and Star Sports website, live telecast with Hindi and English commentary on Star Sports HD network in India.
Gautam Gambhir fans would be glad to see the man back in action. While India has won the toss and batting first, his two consecutive sixes to a quickie must have brought smiles on the faces of his fans. Good to see him time the ball so well and it seems he is due for a big one. Gambhir seems to be here to grab this opportunity with both hands.
The pitch here at Indore doesn't seem to be any different from other Indian pitches. There is already some wear and tear which would progress as the match goes on. There would definitely be a lot for spinners on this pitch. Will it be another four day affair? Never know. India is batting first and they would look for a score of 350 plus. This would be good to put pressure on the New Zealand batsmen who are already finding it hard to tackle the spin.
We have already seen some good turn offered to Jeetan Patel. This might bring a glow in the eyes of Indian spinners. While Indians would manage to tackle the spin to a large extent, will the maiden test pitch of Indore provide some mercy to Kiwi batsmen who would find it hard to face the spin?
Indore hosts 1st Int'l Test Match today. Congrats @BCCI for bringing test cricket to smaller cities, win-win for both fans & game! #IndvsNZ pic.twitter.com/EENuOtr0Ov— Parimal Nathwani (@mpparimal) October 8, 2016
So far so good, Gambhir has looked in good touch. If he scores big he will bring more confusion for the selectors in future. Rahul has done a great job as an opener but he is ruled out due to injury along with Dhawan. Gambhir might make himself a strong contender for future and trigger regular inclusions.
Indian team would be eager to win this test and stage a better competition for others teams who would soon visit India for test series. England is one such tough competition for India. Series against England would kick off soon. India vs England cricket series live streaming and telecast will also be available on HotStar and Star Sports.