The five-match Test series is tied 1-1, and the third Test will begin on February 15 in Rajkot. Both India and England will then travel to Ranchi for the fourth Test starting on February 23, followed by the final match of the series in Dharamsala on March 7. Chappell said, ‘As a home team, India should win this series, but for this they will have to face a strong team.’
Chappell wrote in his column for ESPN Cricinfo, ‘Under Stokes’ aggressive leadership, England are far behind the poorly captained Joe Root team, which succumbed to spin on their last tour of the country. ‘This India vs England match is shaping up as it should. This is an exciting five-match contest between two talented teams.
While he said that the return of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul will give a boost to India, Chappell also feels that Virat Kohli’s withdrawal from the entire series due to personal reasons is a big blow to the team. Even though Ben Stokes’ aggressive approach to captaincy could not lead the team to victory in the second test,
But the five-match series against India is still tied at 1-1. Stokes is all set to play his 100th Test match when the third match of the series starts in Rajkot and Chappell feels that the all-rounder has proved to be a very strong and smart captain for England.