Intelligent and reasonable thing to do: Virat Kohli indicates ‘ating’ players for fourth Test versus England

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  • Politeness of Joe Root’s century and Ollie Robinson’s five-for, England gave India an innings rout to even out the five-match Test series 1-1. In spite of being just two down for 215 toward the finish of day 3, the situation was anything but favorable for India as the host group held a sound lead.
  • The visitors had to make sure that they bat for at least 90 to 100 overs over the next two days to keep themselves in the fray but that didn’t happen. It took England just one session on day 4 to bowl India out for 278 and register an innings and 76-run win.
  • While Team India isn’t expected to ring many changes after just one defeat, skipper Virat Kohli did hint at making a couple of changes due to another reason.
  • During the presser after the defeat in the 3rd Test, Kohli hinted at resting players, opining that it’s sensible and logical thing to do.
  • “That’s bound to open, it is a logical and sensible thing to do. You do not want to push individuals where they break, that conversation is important.
  • So, we will have that conversation with the individuals and see where they are physically and who needs to have a game off. You cannot expect guys to play four Tests in a row,” he said.
  • Kohli didn’t name players who need rest and the fans will have to wait till the toss time to know India’s playing XI.
  • As far as changes are concerned, Ajinkya Rahane’s struggles in the 3rd Test could open the gates for either Hanuma Vihari or Suryakumar Yadav. R Ashwin, who was in consideration to play the Lord’s Test, could also walk into playing XI if the conditions favour spinners.
  • The 4th Test of the series will be played from September 2 to 6 at Kennington Oval, London. A win there will see England extending their dominant run at home. India haven’t won a Test series in England since 2007.

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