Jasprit Bumrah is not playing: India have made a solitary change to their Playing XI for the fourth Test of the Test series.
During the first day of the fourth Test of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Ahmedabad, England captain Joe Root has won the toss and chose to bat for yet another time in the series.
“We’re batting first. We need to make use of the first innings because it’ll spin again very soon so we need to get runs on the board soon. Over the last couple of years we have progressed as a side, and it’d be a great chance to finish a great winter if we win this Test match,” Root told Star Sports during the toss.
“When you have a tough couple of games, we need to be honest, use the coaching staff and players who have experience in these conditions, and this is a good chance for the guys to regroup and give this their all.”
Coming on the back of a couple of losses, the visitors have made a couple of changes to their Playing XI. The fast bowling pair of Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer will miss this match for batsman Dan Lawrence and spinner Dom Bess.
Why Jasprit Bumrah is not playing today?
Much like Root, India captain Virat Kohli also wanted to bat first in his 60th Test as captain to put maximum runs on the board at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
“We would’ve batted first too. It looks good to bat on, on Day 1. It’s been unbelievable captaining India for so long, and in Tests we have come up the ranks quite well. We look forward to coming together as a side.
“We have a great bunch of guys who have bought into my vision as captain. We have to be at our best, and England are a quality side, who have and can put us under pressure. We have to be at the top of our game,” Kohli told Star Sports at the toss.
A solitary change for India is that pacer Mohammed Siraj has replaced Jasprit Bumrah in the Playing XI. It was before this match that Bumrah had left the Test squad due to “personal reasons“. Since then, there have been multiple reports of Bumrah leaving the Test squad to prepare for his marriage.
Solitary change for the hosts as Siraj comes in place of Bumrah!
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As far as Siraj is concerned, he has pinned down senior fast bowler Umesh Yadav to earn a place in the Playing XI. While Siraj has done pretty well in his four-match Test career so far, Yadav had been a regular in the Indian Test XI for home Tests before getting injured during the tour of Australia.