On Thursday, the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will once again host India and England in the fourth and the last Test of the ongoing series. India leads the series by a 2-1 margin having made a dominating comeback in the last couple of Tests after losing the opening game.
Victories by 317 runs in the second Chennai Test and by 10 wickets in the day-night Test prove that the team is back to its best – despite missing the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami – and the loss in the first Chennai Test was nothing but an aberration.
In spite of two thumping performances, the hosts are not getting complacent, and won’t do the mistake of taking the visitors lightly. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video on Twitter, on Monday, of the team members sweating it out in the nets ahead of the fourth Test.
Once again the eyes will be on the skipper, Virat Kohli, who will look to end his century drought; Kohli last scored a Test ton – or in any format for India – in November 2019 against Bangladesh in the day-night Test at the Eden Gardens. The right-hander went the entire 2020 without a three-figure score, and not one in the three Tests in the series hitherto.
Along with the captain, his deputy, Ajinkya Rahane, and senior batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara was seen in the nets. Rohit Sharma, who has been in brilliant form since his return to Test cricket against Australia in Sydney, was caught on video chatting with head coach Ravi Shastri and then with Kohli before doing some fielding drills with Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha.
Watch the video:
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2021
The scenario for Team India to qualify for the WTC final:
To qualify for the final of the World Test Championship, the equation for Virat Kohli’s side is pretty much simple: do not lose. India needs to avoid defeat in the last Test to occupy the vacant spot in the WTC final; the other spot filled by Kane Williamson’s New Zealand.
Despite being knocked out with a loss in the previous game, if England can, somehow, conjure up a victory in the fourth Test, then it will be Tim Paine’s Australia who will play the Kiwis at Lord’s in June for the ultimate prize.