The fourth match of the 5-match Test series between India and England will be played at Kennington Oval today. Hosts England made a strong comeback in the series by winning the Leeds Test and leveled the series at 1-1. Today, the eyes of Team India will once again be on putting pressure on England.
After the defeat in the third test match, a big change is being expected in Team India's playing XI at The Oval. Before the match, the team's bowling coach Bharat Arun had also said in his statement that, if the pitch of the Oval is regular, then both R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja can get a chance to play.
By the way, let us tell you that the wicket at the Oval always helps spin bowlers, so Ashwin has a hundred percent chance of getting a chance in today's match. Also, the young fast bowler Pramukh Krishna, who was included in the team just a day before the match, can also be fed in place of Ishant Sharma.
The fourth match will be played at the Oval in London and the sky will be cloudy on the first day's game, but there is good news for the fans that there is not much rain expected. The maximum temperature on Thursday is 19 degrees centigrade, while the minimum temperature is expected to remain up to 13 degrees centigrade.
The pitch of the Oval is generally favorable for batting conditions. Initially, the pitch will prove to be good for batting. For the fast bowlers, there will be some swing and pace on this pitch till the last day, while the spinners can come in a position to make a big impact in this match from the third day. Here the team winning the toss can choose to bat first.
Even though Virat Kohli's bat has looked calm in the current series so far, but in the Oval Test, Virat has a great chance of achieving a big achievement. Actually, Kohli has so far scored 22,999 runs in all three formats of international cricket. With just one run in the fourth match, the Indian captain will become the fastest player to score 23,000 runs.
At present, the record of making the fastest 23,000 runs is in the name of Sachin Tendulkar (522). Kohli has so far scored 22,999 runs in 489 innings. Kohli can become the seventh and third player from India (after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid) to make this record in international cricket.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane/Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja/Samvid Krishna, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, R Ashwin.
England: Joe Root (captain), Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, David Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton.
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