- In the fourth Test Oval
- Batting for India
- Two changes to the England squad
The half-centuries of Virat Kohli and Shardul Thakur saved India from great embarrassment. India were all out for 191 on the first day. Shardul Thakur was India’s top scorer with 57 off 36 balls. Virat Kohli scored 50 runs. Chris Vokes and Ollie Robinson took four and three wickets respectively for England. In the Indian team, Ajinkya Rahane (14) and Rishabh Pant (9) lost again.
The collapse of India
India bat first against England Openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul did not give India a good start. Rohit was dismissed for 11 and Rahul for 17. Vokes and Robinson took wickets respectively. Cheteshwar Pujara was also out for 4 off 31 balls. The Indian strategy of fielding Ravindra Jadeja before vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was also not very successful. Jadeja, who scored 10 off 34 balls, was dismissed by Vokes.
Shortly after the score crossed 100, India lost the wicket of skipper Virat Kohli. Kohli, who scored 50 off 96 balls, was bowled by Robinson. When Kohli was out, India scored 105 for 5.
Batting for India
England captain Joe Root, who won the toss in the decisive fourth Test, sent India to bat. England have come down with two changes. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jose Butler and pacer Sam Curran are not playing. Ollie Pope and Chris Vokes are included instead.
R Ashwin has not been included in the India squad this time either. There were reports that India would go down to the Oval with two spinners. But the team management decided that only Ravindra Jadeja was enough. India have landed with four pacers.
Pacers Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma are not playing. Captain Virat Kohli said that Shami did not play due to illness. Ishant Sharma did poorly in the third Test. Veteran pacers Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur have been included. India have not made any changes in the batting line-up.
The Oval has the most batting-friendly pitch in England. The spin is also expected to be essentially supported. The Oval has been played 13 times between India and England so far. When India won only once, seven matches were drawn.
Ishant Sharma turns 32 today