IND vs ENG: Indian players listen to skipper Virat Kohli during one of the training sessions.© Twitter
As India and England prepare for a major test series, international cricket will return to the country after a hiatus of nearly a year. Both sides will fight for a place in the final of the World Test Championship, which will be played at the Lord’s later this year in June. With the crucial points of the Test Championship at stake, it is important that the weather demons do not stop the game. The famous MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, also known as Chepauk, will host the first two games of the four-Test series – with the opening game starting February 5.
According to the weather forecast website AccuWeather, the sun is expected to shine brightly every five days, with zero chance of precipitation and thunder.
The temperature in Chennai hovers around 30 degrees Celsius during the day. In the morning there will be a heavy cloud of about 74 percent, but in the evening it will be only 8 percent.
Since the sun is expected to shine all five days of the match, it will help to wear down the field on the Chepauk significantly as the match progresses, putting the spinners in play.
Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be eager to lead India’s home turf spinning division, but will be without his partner Ravindra Jadeja, who is out injured.
Despite this, India’s spider contingent looks more impressive than their counterparts, with the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel fighting alongside Ashwin to lead the attack.
With rain gods expected to stay out of the game, fans and players must prepare for a thrilling opening game – as both teams will fight hard to challenge New Zealand in the inaugural final of the World Test Championship.
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