The fourth Test match in the England tour of India will be played at the newly branded Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. After clinching the first game of the bilateral series, England failed to make a mark in the next two Test matches due to which the hosts have taken the lead of 2-1 in the Test series. Amidst the pitch controversy, the two cricketing giants will clash for the one last time in the on-going series. England needs to win the final Test to set the series for a draw while India at least needs to draw the upcoming game to book a berth for themselves in the World Test Championship final at Lord’s against New Zealand. Players from both teams have stood up on crucial occasions for their team and took away the game from the opponents. Let’s have a look at three match-winners to watch out for ahead of the final Test of the series:
- Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma has proved his worth as a batsman in the longest format as the opener has managed to become the highest scorer for the hosts in the on-going Test series against England. The Hitman’s ability to score on a tricky turning track has left his critics in turmoil. After a couple of low scores in the first game, the star Indian batsman has been leading the batting attack in the previous two games. Virat Kohli will be counting on Rohit to take his team home for one last time in the on-going series.
- Axar Patel
Axar Patel who is playing his debut series in the longest format has taken full advantage of the pitch which favours the spinners. Patel came in as Ravindra Jadeja’s replacement. The debutant has played just two Test matches so far and managed to take three five-wicket hauls so far in the bilateral series. The pitch in the fourth Test is likely to favour the spinners yet again and the home team will be hoping that the in-form spinner to strike once again in a crucial Test match.
- Joe Root
Joe Root has been in a good form and looks quite comfortable in playing the spin in the subcontinent region. The England skipper scored a match-winning double century in the first Test match, although he couldn’t contribute much with the bat in the next two matches he has managed to grab a fifer in the third match which restricted India to a mere score of 145 in the second innings. The visitors would count on their skipper to play a crucial part with the bat as well as with the bowl to win the final game and set the series for a draw.