New Delhi. The last match of the five-Test series between India and England will be played in Manchester from today. The biggest question is whether captain Virat Kohli will give a chance to legendary spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (R Ashwin) in the last Test. In the first four Tests of the series, Ashwin had to sit on the bench and was replaced by Rabindra Jadeja. Returning to the T20 squad after four years, Ashwin is currently in the headlines. The spinner has been included in Team India for the T20 World Cup.
Only Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashwin and Jadeja have the experience to play Test matches in Manchester. India last played a Test match at this ground in 2014, where England defeated Team India by an innings and 54 runs. India’s first innings was reduced to just 152 runs. Six Indian batsmen, including Murali Vijay, Kohli, Jadeja and Pujara, also failed to open the book. India lost four wickets for just runs, then Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ashwin over 100. Dhoni scored 1 runs and Ashwin scored 400 off 2 balls.
Joe Root () and Ian Bell (5) scored half-centuries for England. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Varun Aaron took three wickets each, Pankaj Singh two and Jadeja one. The Indian batting collapsed like a packet of cards in the second innings. India lost six wickets for just runs. Once again, Dhoni and Ashwin became India’s problem solvers. Dhoni scored 27 runs while Ashwin scored an unbeaten 46 off 56 balls. India were bowled out for 161 in the second innings. In this match, Dhoni scored and Ashwin scored runs in both the innings.
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Kohli’s decision to give precedence to Jadeja over Ashwin in this Test series has proved to be partially correct. However, after Shardul Tagore’s great performance with the bat, Jadeja is no longer needed as a bowler all-rounder, so Ashwin can get a chance. However, Ashwin’s batting record at this ground is remarkable and he has five centuries to his name in Test cricket.
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