Ravichandran Ashwin has been dropped again by the Indian team management and the captain Virat Kohli for the Fourth Test against England which will be played at the Oval cricket ground. Virat Kohli’s men will be looking for a comeback after their humiliating defeat against England in the third Test at Leeds.
The fourth Test has already been started as scheduled. England captain Joe Root won the toss and decided to field first. Virat Kohli wanted to bowl first as well but he didn’t get what he wished as he told after the toss. Kohli also dropped the changes he made in the Indian team from the last Test match. The Indian captain named a couple of changes to the playing 11 for this fourth Test. Pacer Umesh Yadav is in for Ishant Sharma and Shardul Thakur who was ruled out of the 2nd Test after he got a hamstring injury in the first, is back in the team for Mohammed Shami. Kohli confirmed during the toss that Shami and Ishant have niggles that’s why they aren’t available for the fourth Test.
The centre of attention, star Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wasn’t picked up for this Match. Many former Indian cricketers including V.V.S. Laxman was expecting him in the team for this Test, but the team management to go with only one spinner even for this Test. Captain Virat Kohli explained during the toss that why Ashwin wasn’t been picked up for this match.
“For us, it’s about partnerships, we can’t focus too much on individuals. England has four left-handers, so a good match-up for Jadeja, with our seamers bowling over the wicket. Also factors in his balance at No.7,” Virat Kohli said at the toss in Sony Six channel when asked about why Ashwin was not been named for this match.