England tour of India, 2021: Crowds allowed for second Chennai Test

England tour of India, 2021: Crowds allowed for second Chennai Test”

"It's just exciting, isn't it?"

"We've got a few series coming up".

"And it is good to have diverse personalities in a team as leaders".

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, on Tuesday (February 2), announced that crowds will be allowed - up to fifty percent of the stadium capacity - inside the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai for the second Test between India and England, set to be played from February 13. And while the visitors will certainly draw inspiration from that series, the pressure will certainly be on them.

While pressure's something an worldwide cricketer faces wherever he or she plays, India in India is a notch higher, reckons Leach, remembered fondly for that single in the Headingley epic during the 2019 Ashes. "I think body management is going to be essential if I want to play everything, nearly everything".

India's next assignment will be a full-fledged home series against England starting from February 5.

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The first Test, also to be played in Chennai from February 5 onward, will be behind closed doors. Leach has watched videos of his performances. Given how the surfaces gradually become a spinners' paradise as the match progresses in India, this could be particularly encouraging for him. "I would prefer to bowl round the wicket".

"I am probably not going to be bowling at the same speeds but it is more about how the ball gets there in terms of trajectory". I feel like the way the ball came out wasn't exactly how I'd like it, but I have to accept I haven't had much cricket in recent times.

"At the end of the day humans are social people and sometimes it gets hard, especially if you've not had a great game or if you are not feeling good but then in cricket there is no escape". I think European Central Bank has done great, given people like myself time.

Further in the interaction, the 40-year-old veteran picked the hosts as the favourites to win the marquee series as he believes that England aren't entering the contest with their best team in order to give rest to the players. The summit clash is scheduled to take place at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground in June.

Gambhir feels India will win the Test series as England does not have a potent spin attack needed in the subcontinent."It has to be 3-0 India or probably 3-1".

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