VVS Laxman backs Team India to go 2-0 up in the 3rd Test
By SMCS - Aug 25, 2021 5:30 pm
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After a stunning win at Lord’s, former India cricketer VVS Laxman has backed India to win this game also and go 2-0 up in the five-match Test series as they are taking on England at Headingley in the third Test, started on Wednesday.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman

In his column for the Times of India, VVS Laxman wrote: “A week is a long time in international sport, but this period between the second and third Tests would have given England and India time to recover physically and mentally after the unnerving and compelling competition at Lord’s.”The force is clearly with the visitors, especially after the drama that unfolded on the last day. England are, in cricketing terms, a mental foot behind, so the first point of order for Virat Kohli’s team will be to start the third Test strong and reopen some of the wounds that could still be festering.”

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However, a lot of verbal spat was seen at the Lord’s Tests between two teams which started with James Anderson gave a mouthful to Jasprit Bumrah after he bowled a barrage of bouncers on Day 3. That made Virat Kohli and the team angry and he was also seen involved in sledging as well. As a lot of key players were missing from the hosts’ side, Joe Root & co eventually lost the game at Lord’s and VVS Laxman feels if India can maintain this, they will have the upperhand in the third Test as well.

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The Indian team outplayed England at Lord’s

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“If India can make a strong statement on the first day, be it with bat or ball, I anticipate another English capitulation. Already handicapped by the absence of several key personnel, England will make tactical and forced changes to their eleven. Mark Wood’s availability will be a major setback because he has the extra meters of pace that no other bowler in England can summon, and an entrepreneurial approach from India will reignite the gremlins of doubt that must be eating away at England,” concluded VVS Laxman.