England will face off against India in the fourth Test match of their tour of India 2021. It will be a do-or-die game for both sides. The fate of the series will depend on this match. Both teams will want to dominate proceedings from the start. Betting in India will be in full flow for this key fixture.
Coming off a controversial pink-ball Test match with a win, Team India will want to have a great cricket match now. Virat Kohli and company seem to be the favorites for the fourth Test match. While Jasprit Bumrah took off citing personal reasons, the team could see Mohammed Shami or Umesh Yadav step in as the premier pacer. With Axar Patel likely to retain his place, the team – other than Bumrah – is expected to remain unchanged. The batting order would come to play a reasonably more significant role than the last test, considering it will be a red ball match. Virat Kohli has shown signs of good form, Rohit was arguably the only batsman to have tackled the sharp spin well and Ashwin doing his bit in the lower order, there is additional pressure on Pujara and Rahane.
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav.
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A sour defeat, all the pitch talk and flying blame surrounding the last Test match, meant Joe Root and company are now not in the race for the World Test Championship finals. However, the team largely dependent on Jack Leach for spin, would want to have Dominic Bess, making it a spin trio if Joe Root is also considered. Jofra, Broad and Anderson could mark a strong pace attack and the additional services of Ben Stokes means the team doesn’t have a lot to deliberate over the bowling.
Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Daniel Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Dominic Sibley, Chris Woakes, Olly Stone, Jofra Archer, Ollie Pope, Mark Wood, Jonny Bairstow
India and England have faced each other 125 times in Test matches. India have won 28 matches, England have won 48 matches and 49 games have ended in draws.
The red ball is likely to take the sharp spin away, bringing the pacers and batsmen into the game. However, if the pitch doesn’t undergo a radical change, one would still expect day 1 to see a bit of spin. Taking form and team composition into consideration, India must see another win and book a ticket to Lord’s for June.
Date and Time:
March 4 2021 (Thursday)
Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad
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