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Debutant Karun Nair (left) for KL Rahul. Photo Courtesy: BCCI Twitter handle

With India taking on on England on Day One of the third of the five-Test series at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium (PCA) in Mohali on Saturday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli made a couple of changes in the playing XI. He brought in debutant Karun Nair for KL Rahul, who had injured his left forearm during the second Test at Visakhapatnam and suffered more trouble on it while training a day before the game. Also, the second inclusion in the side was in the form of Parthiv Patel, who replaced the injured wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha. The series started on a good note for England at Rajkot, where they could almost sniff a win on the final day. However, the Indian captain denclined them a win after he stood tall, true to his name. Gaining confidence from that draw, Kohli hammered a hundred and a fifty in the second Test and helped India go 1-0 up. The scoreline does not suggest one thing though, that England have played better than the result suggests. They were able to apply pressure on India and sustain it for longer periods. There were key moments which they won but lost out on overall basis. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali

Nair, who has been around for a very long time will be relieved getting his Test debut at Mohali. He has a daunting First-Class average of 52.68 after 37 matches, and has also played 2 ODIs for India. On the other hand, Parthiv has created record of sorts. The 31-year-old missed as many as 83 Tests before making his comeback. Let us see how the cricket fraternity reacted with these two players being included in the Indian XI for the Mohali Test:

Traditionally, the Mohali pitch has always assisted the pacers. However, this time around, the early reports suggest it is dry and wears a shaven look. It is thus expected to be slow and conducive for spin bowling. The weather is pleasantly cool with the winter arriving, which means the pitch will not change much. It may also support swing bowling early on, with the ball nipping around but the pitch is expected to be spin-friendly.