04 March, 2021
Narendra Modi Stadium
Day One 9:30 AM
The fourth Test match between India and England is a daytime affair. With the weather turning hotter around here, there will be more dryness in the air and soil. This match is crucial for both teams as England would try to take the revenge of last match’s terrible defeat while India would try to make a smooth entry into the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand. For more updates and cricket betting tips stay tuned with us.
Pitch Report: It looks a little more grass than the last Test at the Adani end, and it feels cold so there is a bit of moisture. The Reliance end has a little less grass, and it's a bit drier. The Reliance end is likely to spin a lot more. The humidity is low, so the moisture will dry up really soon too. Hopefully the landing area holds together. It's only a matter of time before this pitch starts to turn as well.
England XI: Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, Ben Foakes (wk), Jack Leach, James Anderson, Dom Bess
India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj
Virat Kohli (India captain): We would've batted first too. It looks good to bat on, on Day 1. It's been unbelievable captaining India for so long, and in Tests we have come up the ranks quite well. We look forward to coming together as a side. We have a great bunch of guys who have bought into my vision as captain. We have to be at our best, and England are a quality side, who have and can put us under pressure. We have to be at the top of our game. Mohammad Siraj comes in place of Jasprit Bumrah.
Joe Root (England Captain): We're batting first. We need to make use of the first innings, because it'll spin again very soon so we need to get runs on the board soon. Over the last couple of years we have progressed as a side, and it'd be a great chance to finish a great winter if we win this Test match. When you have a tough couple of games, we need to be honest, use the coaching staff and players who have experience in these conditions, and this is a good chance for the guys to regroup and give this their all. Archer and Broad are out, Dan Lawrence and Dom Bess come in for us.