‘Kisi ko bhi le aao kuch nhi hone wala’- Fans react as England announce their playing XI for the 4th Test

Fans react as England announce their playing XI for the 4th test in Ranchi. They have named pacer Ollie Robinson and off-spinner Shoaib Bashir in place of Mark Wood and Rehan Ahmed.

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The fourth Test between India and England is set to begin on Friday at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium Complex in Ranchi. It has been an enthralling series so far with India leading the series by 2-1, making a sensational comeback after losing the first test at Hyderabad.

England were riding high on confidence before the test series on the back of their ‘Bazball’ approach but all went southwards for them after the first test as they lost consecutive test matches including a 434-run defeat in the 3rd test which is their biggest loss in test cricket since 1934.

But if there’s one thing about this England team and management is their positivity no matter what the situation is which has been their strength in the past year or so. Another example of their positive approach is their announcement of their playing XI a day before the fourth test. 

England have made two changes in their playing XI for the Ranchi test. They have included pacer Ollie Robinson and spinner Shoaib Bashir in place of Mark Wood and Rehan Ahmed. James Anderson has been retained in the playing Xi despite getting a hammering from Yashasvi Jaiswal in the 3rd test.

England’s playing XI for the 4th Test: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (C), Ben Foakes, Tom Hartley, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Shoaib Bashir.

Ben Stokes opens up on the pitch at Rajkot

The pitch at Ranchi has been a talking point before the test match for its unusual appearance. The pitch is black soil and is expected to take a slow turn as the match progresses. England’s skipper Ben Stokes commented about the dull appearance of the pitch and termed it as ‘deceptive’.

In an interview with BBC Sports, Stokes said, “I've never seen something like that before. I have got no idea so I don't know what could happen. If you looked down one side of opposite ends it just looked different to what I am used to seeing, especially out in India. It looked green and grassy up in the changing rooms, but then you go out there it looked different: very dark and crumbly and quite a few cracks in it."

Social Media Reaction

Though the pitch at Ranchi may appear to be dark and dry, it has played well in the past. It has been a high-scoring wicket and has also supported the pace bowlers in the past. However, the excitement for the fourth test is palpable among the fans as well and after England announced their playing XI for the test, fans took to social media to express their views.

Here are some of the tweets:

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