Ahmedabad : India, successful in dominating the last 2 matches, will once again go into the fourth and final Test, starting here on Thursday, with the goal of qualifying for the finals of the World Test Championship, showing no mercy against England on a spin-friendly pitch. . The Indian team was leading 2–1 in the series and if Virat Kohli’s team also makes the final test draw, they will make it to the final at Lord’s in June where they will face New Zealand. England have been eliminated from the final race but if they win the final Test, then they will also get India out of the title game and the Tim Paine-led Australia team will get a chance to play in this match. In such a match, a draw is always a safe option, but Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, who adopt an aggressive attitude, will not want to adopt a defensive attitude because doing so sometimes becomes too heavy.
During the third Test on Motera’s new pitch, the guest team faced a lot of trouble in front of the pink ball and India won by 10 wickets within just 2 days. England batsmen faced a lot of trouble in facing the straight balls of left-arm spinner Akshar Patel as they were expecting the ball to turn from the beginning. This strategy has been successful for the hosts since the second Test in Chennai. Both Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and England batsman Jack Crowley feel that the last 2 matches of the fourth Test look ‘identical’ but the red ball does not come much faster after falling on the pitch than the pink ball. The competition between the two teams can be tough. There is not much at stake in this match for the England team. The team would like to save their reputation by drawing a series with a win in this match but a lot is at stake for India.
Teams: India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Wriddhiman Saha, Mayank Aggarwal, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Lokesh Rahul.
England: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Joffra Archer, Johnny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jack Crowley, Ben Fox, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Ollie Stone, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.