Team England have won the toss and elected to bat first. The 4th Test between India and England is all set to take place in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad from Thursday. The stakes are pretty high in the game as the hosts desperately need a win or at least a draw in the final Test to qualify for the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
As far as the team news is concerned, the hosts will go down with a much similar side that was there in the third Test. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will be seen opening the innings followed by Cheteshawar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane. Then, Rishabh Pant will follow as the wicketkeeper-batsman, followed by Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Siraj, and Ishant Sharma.
India vs England 2021: 4th Test, Ahmedabad- Toss Report
Team England have won the toss and elected to bat first. As far as the English team is concerned, they have made some changes in the side going into the final Test match. Dominic Bess has returned to the squad and Stuart Broad has been rested for the final game keeping in view the turning track at Ahmedabad. Dan Lawrence has also returned to the side with Jofra Archer resting.
India’s Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Ishant Sharma.
England’s Playing XI: Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (wk), Dan Lawrence, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, James Anderson.
ICC World Test Championship Final On The Stake
The fourth and final Test between India and England will be a lot more crucial for the hosts than the visitors. After the loss in the third Test, the English team has already been eliminated out of the ICC World Test Championship final race. New Zealand had already booked a place in the final after completing their series in the World Test Championship.
Now, the only teams leaft in contention to qualify for the final are India and Australia. If the hosts manage to pull off a victory in the final Test or even if they manage to salvage a draw in the last Test, their ticket to the final of WTC will be confirmed. However, if England manages to beat India in the last Test and draw the four-match series level, then only will Australia qualify for the final of the World Test Championship.