ENG vs IND: Michael Vaughan comes up with a comical remark on the green pitch for the first Test

Fans are eagerly waiting for the much-anticipated England-India Test series that starts from Wednesday (August 04) at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Both the teams are ready to display some top of the line performance as expectations are high from each corner. The epic battle will also be the beginning of the second cycle of World…

ENG vs IND: Michael Vaughan comes up with a comical remark on the green pitch for the first Test

Fans are eagerly waiting for the much-anticipated England-India Test series that starts from Wednesday (August 04) at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Both the teams are ready to display some top of the line performance as expectations are high from each corner.

The epic battle will also be the beginning of the second cycle of World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23. Notably, India reached the final of WTC 2019-21 but faced an eight-wicket loss against New Zealand in Southampton.

Ahead of the five-match series opener, the official Twitter handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the exclusive picture of the pitch. With no surprises, the surface was nothing but a classic green top that could be seen in the upcoming fixtures as well.

“A look at the wicket three days out from the 1st Test at Trent Bridge. Thoughts (Thinking face emoji) #ENGvIND” tweeted the apex Indian board.

As soon as the BCCI shared the picture on social media, fans flooded the comment section with their replies. Even former England skipper Michael Vaughan couldn’t stop himself from reacting to the image of the pitch.

The 46-year-old made a hilarious remark about the greenish pitch by modifying the original picture. Vaughan went on to add trees and grass to the playing surface and shared his excitement for the opening Test.

“Can’t wait for the Test series to start on Weds… Should be a great series !! #ENGvIND” Vaughan wrote on the micro-blogging website while sharing the morphed image of the pitch.

This wasn’t the first time that Vaughan has reacted to the pitch in a unique way. Earlier this year, when England toured India, the visitors were beaten badly in a four-match Test series. The Joe Root-led side won their first match in Chennai but came down on their knees in the second match while facing the Indian spin attack featuring Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel.

Vaughan had criticized the turning pitches offered by India, especially in the second Test, which ended in two days. The former English captain had said that the pitch used in the 2nd Test was unfit to host an international game. In fact, he had taken a dig by posting a picture of him standing in dug-up soil with a bat in his hands.

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ENG vs IND, 2021: KL Rahul becomes a prime candidate for opener’s spot in Nottingham Test

After three years, Virat Kohli’s India is back in the United Kingdom (UK) to face England in a five-match Test series. The opening game begins on Wednesday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, but the visitors are already facing injury scares. After three players, Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, and Washington Sundar returned home, another player; Mayank…

ENG vs IND, 2021: KL Rahul becomes a prime candidate for opener’s spot in Nottingham Test

After three years, Virat Kohli’s India is back in the United Kingdom (UK) to face England in a five-match Test series. The opening game begins on Wednesday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, but the visitors are already facing injury scares.

After three players, Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, and Washington Sundar returned home, another player; Mayank Agarwal, was ruled out from the opening Test. Agarwal was hit on the helmet during a net session in Nottingham on Monday.

Now, the worrying factor for Indian management is to find an opener who could partner Rohit Sharma in the series opener. India have options in the form of KL Rahul and Abhimanyu Easwaran as designated openers. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also sent Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav to England, but due to the quarantine period, the duo won’t be available to join the squad for the first Test.

Considering that Easwaran is still a rookie, there are high chances that Rahul will open the innings alongside Rohit. Before Mayank’s injury, it was expected that if Rahul gets a game, he might come to bat in the middle-order, but now the situation has been changed, and fans may see Rahul partnering Rohit at Trent Bridge.

Team India also have an option of Hanuma Vihari to open, but here Rahul’s career stats are much better. The Karanataka cricketer has played 36 Tests so far and has opened in 34 among them. On the other hand, Vihari has opened only once in his 12-Test career. Moreover, another factor that may work in Rahul’s favour is that he also has the experience of opening in white-ball cricket.

India’s squad for 1st Test:

Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhimanyu Easwaran.

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