The rescheduled fifth Test match of India’s tour of England is just around the corner. With a lead of 2-1 in the series, India will look to get the best results and win the match to create history by claiming a Test series in England for the first time. However, both teams have seen major transformations in their setups. Here are the major changes that have taken place in both Test teams since the fourth Test match.
1. Change in Captaincy
The captains of both teams resigned from their positions. While the reasons were different, the team saw changed captains in the game’s longest format. Virat Kohli resigned as Test captain after being sacked as ODI captain. On the other hand, Joe Root stepped down after consecutive series losses over the last 16 months. Rohit Sharma and Ben Stokes succeeded as the captains of their respective teams.
2. Change as Head Coach
The two teams also saw major transformations in the personnel as far as the management is concerned. Ravi Shastri retired as the head coach of the Indian team, with veteran cricketer Rahul Dravid succeeding him in the role.
Chris Silverwood, on the other hand, was fired as England’s head coach following a humiliating 4-0 loss in the Ashes. New Zealand’s legendary batter Brendon McCullum joined the team after that.
3. Change in the opening pair
Last time around, India had a very stable opening pair in Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. Ideally, they would have wanted to continue with the same combination as it got them good results, but KL Rahul’s injury will not allow that.
Shubman Gill might replace him in the fifth match. England, on the other hand, did not have a consistent duo last time. Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed opened for them in the fourth match, while Zak Crawley and Alex Lees might open for them this time.
4. Change in vice-captaincy
The fifth match has also seen a change in vice-captaincy for both the teams. Ajinkya Rahane was India’s vice-captain in the fourth match, but he is no longer in India’s scheme of things. KL Rahul was supposed to be the vice-captain, but Rishabh Pant has come in for him. Last time around, England’s vice-captain was Ben Stokes, but since his promotion, the position has remained vacant. England has not named a new vice-captain yet.