Rohit Sharma is in supreme form and we are backing him to get a lot of runs once more
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The fourth test match of the India vs England Test Series 2021 is upon us and there is still a lot to play for. India is looking to confirm its place in the final of the World Test Championship by avoiding a loss ( a draw or a win is enough to get it through) while England can still draw the series if it wins this match.
The third Test lasted just two days and this next Test is going to be played at the same venue. The clamor around the surface was a bit understandable in our opinion as the spinners were really far too dominant.
Will the red ball behave differently than the Pink ball which people suspects skidded a lot more? Will the surface for the fourth Test be ‘better’ in the more traditional sense? We think a couple of changes are sure to be made in both teams as they try and finish the Test part of this tour on a high.
India vs England 4th Test is going to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad starting on the 4th of March 2021.
It was a bit cringeworthy to see Virat Kohli and all the other Indian players come out and call the surface for the third test as ‘great’ or ‘excellent for batting’. India has every right to prepare spinning tracks at home but they should not be afraid to own up to it.
These are conditions in which India has dominated for the last decade now. They have lost just two test matches in the previous eight years and we don’t think they are going to be thinking of anything other than a win in this last test either.
The team has stuck to its batting lineup for the three matches ad we think that is going to be the case for this last match as well. Rohit Sharma has been a class apart from every other batsman in this series, apart from maybe Joe Root, and will be the biggest threat to England in this match as well.
Shubman Gill is wasting a few opportunities and would love to get a big score. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane have had a quiet home series and are all due for some runs.
With Pant, Ashwin, and Axar (and possibly Sundar) in the lower-order, India has plenty of depth to call upon.
The bowling attack for the previous match could see a slight change. There has been talk of Umesh Yadav making a comeback as Bumrah has been rested for the match. It is possible that Kuldeep Yadav gets a game in place of Sundar but we don’t think it is likely.
India does not need to make too many changes and will just look to continue what it has been doing so far.
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, V Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, RR Pant, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj.
England’s batting was very poor in the previous match. Yes, the conditions were tough but they could have applied themselves a bit better. As India showed, this was not a surface where you get bowled out for just about 100 in both innings.
Despite that performance, England is likely to stick to the same batting lineup. Zak Crawley looked very good and easily the most fluent of any English batsman in the previous match. He should open the batting with Dom Sibley once more.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and Ben Stokes are the three senior batsmen of the side. They need to score the bulk of the runs to help England compete. They are all capable of adapting to the conditions and we think they are going to come out all guns blazing in this final match.
Ollie Pope has been having a terrible time and may be under pressure for his spot. Ben Foakes is a great player of spin and adds to the England batting depth.
There is no doubt that England got its team selection wrong in the previous match. It picked three seamers when it should have had two spinners. Expect Dom Bess to make a comeback into the team in place of possible Stuart Broad who has looked a bit listless this tour.
That would give England the same attack that they beat India with in the first Test and we think that will be the right way to go.
Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, JE Root, BA Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes, Daniel Lawrence, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, James Anderson.
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There is a lot of scrutiny around the pitch and while we are certain that the surface is going to be a bit better than the previous match, it is still going to take plenty of spin. The soil in Ahmedabad is the red soil that crumbles faster than the black soil we saw in Chennai. The bounce in the surface remained even till the end in the previous match and there is no reason to think that will change.
This test may not last just two days but we are certain that the batsmen are going to be challenged with some difficult spin-friendly conditions once more.
India is the overwhelming favorite going into this match and we recommend you stick with them. The Indian team is winning right now without most of its batsmen performing. You can never count out the likes of Pujara and Kohli at home and so a big score may not be far off. Add to that the fact that Ashwin is bowling the best he has ever bowled and Axar Patel has emerged as a great replacement for Ravindra Jadeja.
All of this is being done in spin-friendly conditions where India thrives.
Bet on India to win.
We are backing the England captain to be able to score some runs in the first inning of the match. He has been in excellent form this year and his double century in the first Test was an absolute treat to watch. If there is one England batsman that has proven his ability to play on Indian wickets against the Indian spinners then it is Joe Root.
Rohit Sharma now has the best average in one single country after Don Bradman. He averages nearly 81 in India, is in great form, and already has a score of more than 150 in this series. He dominates the spinners and makes sure he scores quickly whatever time he is on the crease.
It is not at all out of the realm to imagine him being the top-scorer in the first inning for India and we think a rate of 4.5x times is just amazing.
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