New Delhi: The Indian cricket team is currently playing against hosts England in a 5-match Test series. After the end of 3 matches, this series is tied at 1-1. The fourth match of the series is starting from today at The Oval. After winning the toss in this match, England have decided to bowl first. Indian team captain Virat Kohli has made two big changes in his team but there is one player whom Kohli has not given a place in the team even in the fourth consecutive Test.
No place given to this player
Team India’s legendary spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin, sitting out of three consecutive matches, has not been given a place in this match as well. In place of Ashwin, once again Virat Kohli has given Ravindra Jadeja a chance. Before this match, there were constant speculations that Ashwin would definitely get a place in this match, but Kohli did not feel right to do so and has once again expressed confidence in Jadeja.
Bowler with more than 400 wickets out
Ravichandran Ashwin is currently the best spin bowler in the world. Ashwin has a total of 413 wickets in Test cricket. Apart from this, he has also scored 5 centuries in Test cricket. In such a situation, keeping him out of the team can be a big mistake of Kohli. Captain Virat Kohli has decided to go with four fast bowlers and one spinner. India has made two changes in its playing XI. At the same time, the English team has also come on the field with two changes. Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope have returned to the England team.
The return of these two players
Virat Kohli has made two changes in the playing XI of the fourth test match. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma will sit out and Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur have got a chance in their place. Star spinner R Ashwin has not got a chance once again. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma are not completely fit. That’s why he has been dropped from the playing XI.
1-1 draw series
The 5-match series between Team India and England is currently tied at 1-1. The first match of this series was a draw due to rain. After which India defeated England in the second Test played at Lord’s. However, in the third Test, England returned and won the match in a one-sided fashion and the series was tied at 1-1. Now both the teams will try to take the lead in the fourth Test.
Indian squad for 4th Test against England:
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah.