IND vs ENG: Indian team set to commence its practice today

After an eight-day hiatus, the Indian cricket team is set to resume action on Tuesday, March 5, at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala. The optional practice session denotes the beginning of India’s official preparations for the fifth and final Test against England, set to commence on Thursday. India has secured the second practice slot for Tuesday. Following England’s morning session, India’s practice is slated to kick off at around 12:30 pm. It’s a crucial phase as both teams gear up for the ultimate showdown amidst the snow-capped mountains.

India clinched the five-match series 3-1 and showcased a remarkable turnaround after losing the opening Test in Hyderabad. Triumphant performances in Vizag, Rajkot, and Ranchi affirmed India’s dominance on home soil. Despite notable absentees like Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant, and KL Rahul (injured during the first Test), India thwarted the Bazballers with their exceptional performance. The victories solidified India’s reputation as a formidable contender in familiar conditions.

“England will train at the HPCA stadium from 9:30 am onwards. India will train at the HPCA stadium from 12:30 pm onwards,” BCCI said in an official statement.

India will look to solidify the top spot on the WTC table

Rohit Sharma’s batting display (297 runs in 8 innings), coupled with his exceptional captaincy, has been a standout feature. His century in Rajkot, amidst early batting setbacks had set a pivotal tone for the Test. Sharma’s aggressive half-century during the challenging 192-run chase in the fourth Test further accentuates his value to the team. Emerging talents like Yashasvi Jaiswal, lauded for his Player of The Series-worthy performance with 655 runs in 4 Tests, alongside Dhruv Jurel, have dazzled brightly.

With World Test Championship points on the line, the upcoming Test in Dharamsala promises to be far from a mere formality. India will aim to bolster its position at the summit of the WTC standings with a potential 4-1 series win, while England will strive to translate their determination into tangible outcomes. The Dharamshala fixture holds special significance as it marks the 100th Test appearance for India’s all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin and England’s batter Jonny Bairstow, commemorating their remarkable journey in international cricket.