Virat Kohli’s Team India will look to bounce back from an innings defeat at the hands of hosts England at Headingley in Leeds when the two sides face off at The Oval in London from Thursday (September 2). The weather forecast for the opening day of the fourth Test is looking gloomy against Bar and a 62 per cent cloud cover has been predicted for the first day of the Test match.
The London Meteorological Department also predicts a ‘cloudy sky’ on Thursday. “It will be cloudy, but some strong showers may also occur, most likely in the south. The clouds are thinning more easily than on Wednesday, with strong sunshine to cloudy afternoon. It will be windy at times, especially along the coast. Maximum temperature 21 degree Celsius,” predicted the Met department.
The first Test between India and England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham was affected by rain and the final day was completely washed out. The opening day of the Lord’s Test was also affected by rain and the toss was delayed and the first session started.
It remains to be seen whether the rain will once again show up in London, but this time at The Oval. The five-match Test series is tied 1-1 with Joe Root’s England winning the third Test at Leeds.
Meanwhile, wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik feels that It’s time for Ravichandran Ashwin to play his first match India has gone with four fast bowlers and a specialist spinner in Ravindra Jadeja so far in the ongoing five-Test series between India and England, but that could change in the fourth Test starting here on Thursday.
“I believe the time has come for Ravichandran Ashwin to make his first appearance in the series. Traditionally, The Oval has thrown some of the flattest pitches in England, and it has been no different this season. Three of the five matches at home to Surrey in the County Championship have ended inconclusively, and ten centuries have been recorded in those games,” Karthik wrote in ‘The Telegraph’.
Karthik feels that Ashwin’s versatility will help India at the Oval. “If I were Virat Kohli, I would like to bring a new dimension to playing in this important Test. As Ashwin has shown in his illustrious career, he doesn’t necessarily rely on assists from the surface to make an impact. Two left-handers from England are in the top three and three are in the top seven.
“The off-spinner’s record against left-handers is second to none, and he exceeds the task against right-handed batsmen, which he tests with the knuckle ball and floater which he has used to practice hours of hard work away from the harsh spotlight. acquired through mastery. international game. “