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4th Test 2024, India vs England: All the Insights

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Introduction: India vs England 4th Test  

In the ongoing 5-match test series between Team India and England, India currently leads 2-1 after securing victories in the second and third tests, following England’s win in the first test. As the 4th test approaches, numerous experienced players are unavailable, prompting the need for replacements. This blog aims to address the replacements and provide insights into the upcoming test. Discover the details of the 4th test and stay connected with sprintersgames.in for timely sports updates.

1. Which are the players unavailable?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on February 20 that Jasprit Bumrah, a great bowler for Team India and a dependable asset, has been formally rested for the 4th Test against England in Ranchi. Contrary to earlier rumors, Bumrah participated in the third test before getting a rest for the next game. Not to mention, star batsman KL Rahul is not playing in the fourth Test; his availability for the final Test match in Dharamsala would depend on his level of health.

2. Who are the replacements?

According to recent updates, Mukesh Kumar, who was released before the 3rd test in Rajkot, is set to rejoin the team in Ranchi after an impressive 10-wicket haul against Bihar in the Ranji Trophy. Meanwhile, the absence of Bumrah and KL Rahul may create an opportunity for Akash Deep to represent Team India. Both players are recognized for their talent and promise.

In this context, it’s noteworthy that KL Rahul’s absence has granted Rajat Patidar another chance to showcase his skills. In two games, he scored 46 runs at an average of 11.50. Despite displaying elegance in shot-making and agility in foot movement, Patidar has yet to convert his talent into a substantial score.

3. Some touches of the last match: India vs England 4th Test  

In a recent match, Team India set a new record by defeating England with the highest number of runs in the test format, triumphing by a margin of 434 runs. The test holds significance for various reasons, not only due to the remarkable run difference but also because of the standout performances of Sarfraz Khan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Dhruv Jurel.

Both Sarfaraz and Dhruv made their debut in this test, achieving notable milestones. Sarfaraz contributed 62 runs from 66 balls in the first innings and followed up with an impressive fifty, scoring 68 runs from 72 deliveries. His combined strike rate of 94.20 stands as the highest among the 43 cricketers who have scored two fifty-plus scores on their Test debut. He joins an elite group, including Dilawar Hussain, Sunil Gavaskar, and Shreyas Iyer, as the fourth Indian to achieve fifties in both innings of their debut Test. Sarfaraz showcased his aggressive batting with a total of four sixes and 15 fours in both innings.

Dhruv Jurel, on debut, recorded a notable achievement by hitting 46, marking the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper on debut in the last 90 years.

While Yashasvi Jaiswal had previously proven himself, in this match, he made a distinctive mark by equalling the legendary Wasim Akram’s record for the most sixes in an innings. Scoring an impressive 214 runs against England, Jaiswal became the third youngest player to achieve two double centuries in the longest format. Despite the absence of Virat Kohli, Team India collectively hit 28 sixes in the match – the highest by any team in a single Test. Anticipation is high for Sarfraz Khan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Dhruv Jurel to maintain their exceptional performances in the upcoming 4th Test.

4. What are the updates about the 4th test?

Date of the match: 23rd to 27th February

Venue of the match: The venue of the match is the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranch

Time: The match will start at 9:30 am IST/ 4 am GMT.

Pitch report:

According to reports, the pitch at JSCA International Stadium Complex is expected to favor batsmen initially before offering assistance to spinners in the later stages. The pitch, featuring visible cracks that are likely to widen quickly, also has grass cover.

The England team, after inspecting the pitch, expressed dissatisfaction, with vice-captain Ollie Pope likening it to being “prepared of soil from Mars.” Ben Stokes, sharing his observations with BBC Sport, mentioned the unique appearance of the pitch, describing it as different from what he is accustomed to seeing in India. Despite the balanced performances between bowlers and batsmen in the previous three matches of the series, expectations are high for this pitch to provide a distinctive challenge. Spinners are anticipated to play a crucial role, and their effectiveness is considered vital for their respective teams. The match may prove challenging for Team India if their spinners do not deliver on this unique pitch.

Weather report:

The weather forecast spanning from Friday (February 23) to Tuesday (February 27) predicts warm conditions, with temperatures ranging between 26-30°C on the first four days of the IND vs ENG 4th Test. However, there is a potential threat of rain on the final day (February 27), which could disrupt play if the match extends to the ultimate day.

JSCA Stadium Test Stats and Record

Total matches: 2

India won: 1

The visiting team won: 0

Draw: 1

Matches won batting 1st: 1

Matches won batting 2nd: 0

Live Stream and Telecast:

The fourth Test match between India and England will be shown live in multiple languages on the Sports18 network. The JioCinema website and app will also provide live streaming of the match for Indian audiences. In addition, Doordarshan will broadcast the match.

India vs England 4th Test Predicted Playing 11

India:

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Akash Deep

England:

Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Tom Hartley, Rehan Ahmed, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood

Final words: India vs England 4th Test

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