England skipper Joe Root won the toss and asked India to once again bat first at Kennington Oval in London on Thursday.
Both the teams are currently locked at 1-1 and will leave no stone unturned to win the fourth Test and take an advantage of a 2-1 lead. If India’s 151-run victory at Lord’s shook England on the fifth day then the hosts made a resounding comeback on the first day of the Headingley Test, which they won by an innings and 76 runs.
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Virat Kohli becomes the quickest player to reach 23,000 international runs
Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was under the hammer for not scoring sufficient runs up to his potential, broken a long-standing record of legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar as he became the quickest batsman to reach 23000 international runs.
Kohli, who made his international debut in 2008 against Sri Lanka in ODIs, holds the record to become the fastest player to reach 23,000 runs in all three formats in fewer innings. With 490 innings, Kohli broke the record of legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar who took 522 innings to reach the milestone.
Kohli had the figures of 7672 runs in Tests, 12169 in ODIs, and 3159 in T20 Internationals before the match. Kohli needed just one run before the game to hold the record, the Indian skipper landed across his crease, and using his wrists beautifully, guided a James Anderson ball to clear the boundary past mid-on to get off the mark.
Other records likely to be broken in England vs India fourth Test
Anderson who has tasted a huge amount of success had 131 wickets before the Oval Test and after taking the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, his tally reached 132. Anderson is just two wickets away from completing 100 Test wickets against India at home.
Anderson’s counterpart Jasprit Bumrah is three wickets shy of achieving 100 Test wickets and interestingly the pace bowler has picked only four wickets on home soil and the rest have come playing in overseas conditions.
If England happens to win this Test match then they shall record their 5oth Test victory against India since they first won in 1932.