Former cricketer Deep Dasgupta has been in Ahmedabad since February 19 but has witnessed just 2 days of Test-match cricket thanks to the premature end to the day-night game last week.
The former wicketkeeper-turned-commentator is dying to see some good action on the field and wants the fourth and final Test to go the distance when India and England take the field at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera from Thursday.
Dasgupta, in an candid chat with India Today, really wants the final Test will go to the final session of the fifth day with India emerging victorious in a tight contest.
“I just hope it lasts 5 days, it goes to the last session and India wins a close game. Both India and England are good sides, we would like to see competitive cricket as fans.
“We would like to see a good competition between two teams and India should win in the end. But the competition has to be there and irrespective of which sides we are on, there should be competitive cricket,” Dasgupta said on Sports Today.
Toss played a crucial part in the first-two Tests which were won by the team that opted to bat first. England won the first match after Joe Root won the toss while India bounced back in the next game after Virat Kohli called it right at the toss.
But Dasgupta reckons the toss won’t play the decisive factor in the series-finale unless the conditions change drastically in the first innings for both teams.
Dasgupta also wishes to see Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara score hundreds, which they haven’t scored in a long time in Test cricket.
“Virat hasn’t got a hundred in a while, Pujara hasn’t got a hundred in a while. Hopefully, they get some runs because after this the next big Test series is in England or the World Test Championship where they go with runs under their belt because of them are batting really well but not getting those hundreds. So hopefully, they will get that hundred before they play their next series or the WTC,” Dasgupta said.