ENG vs IND | Zaheer Khan believes Edgbaston will see a more aggressive Rishabh Pant on Day 4

Former India pacer Zaheer Khan has been enjoying the contest between India and England. Here’s what he expects to happen on Day four of the Test match.

Rishabh Pant plays a shot against England. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India were 257 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand after Day 3
  • Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara were batting
  • Virat Kohli’s poor run of form continued

Former India pacer Zaheer Khan said that he has been thoroughly enjoying the contest between India and England. Speaking to Cricbuzz, Khan stated that the final session of play was brilliant as both teams were at the top of their game making the game quite enjoyable.

“According to me, the last session of play on Day 3 was a shared one. I really liked Ben Stokes’ spell. (James) Anderson also bowled really well, as did (Stuart) Broad and (Matthew) Potts. Runs were scored and too many wickets did not fall. But it was a really exciting session of Test cricket. There was some good batting and bowling as well.”

He predicted that Rishabh Pant would be more aggressive in his approach on Day 4 and look to take the attack to the opposition. India were under the cosh after losing three early wickets but a fifty run partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant stabilised the innings.

“I am sure Pant will bat a little more aggressively (on Day 4). On Sunday, he reined himself in since stumps were approaching and India wanted to end the day on a positive note. He did play some good flick shots when the ball was in his arc,” he said.

“India will not be thinking about how much time is left in the Test as of now. It will just be about batting normally, adding runs and playing positively, just as they have been doing in the Test,” he further added.

Earlier on Day 3, England were brought closer by a belligerent knock from Jonny Bairstow that cut the deficit against India, however, England still remained far off from 416 and finished at 284. England will hope that they can manage to keep India in check this time around and successfully chase down the target set by the Bumrah-led side.

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