The series is settled with India sitting pretty at 3-0. Yet, the fifth and final Test, commencing at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Friday, stays relevant and is invested with a larger meaning.
On the turf, Virat Kohli’s men dished out a domineering brand of cricket that left England in the shadows. Off the field, the Supreme Court’s unrelenting gaze has left the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in a tizzy. Zoom out from the micro-level and then perhaps we could accept that this game has a larger design at heart.
It could well be a soothing balm to a metropolis that suffered two upheavals this December. The passing away of the former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and the devastation wrought by Cyclone Vardah have tested emotions and urban infrastructure. The city is strewn with uprooted trees and some suburbs are grappling with erratic power supply, but life goes on.
Cut to the present, in equally grim circumstances, Chennai needs this match as a probable antidote to all that it had to endure in recent times. It rained on Thursday night, but hopefully, the weather gods will relent.
The teams (from):
India: Virat Kohli (capt.), R. Ashwin (vice-capt.), Murali Vijay, K.L. Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Amit Mishra.
England: Alastair Cook (capt.), Joe Root, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Liam Dawson, Ben Duckett, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, and Chris Woakes.
source: the hindu