The fifth and final match of the five-Test series between India and England will be played from today on the Manchester Test ground. Team India under the leadership of Virat Kohli is on the threshold of winning the Test series after 14 years on the soil of England. The Indian team, which defeated the hosts in the Lord’s and Oval Tests, is ahead 2-1 in the series. Now Team India would like to change 85 years old history in Manchester. This ground of England (Ind vs Eng) has always been testing India and Team India has never won any Test match here.
Ind vs Eng: Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, Team India will go to Manchester to change the history of 85 years
A total of 9 matches have been played between India and England on the Manchester ground so far. In this, England has won four times while 5 matches have been drawn. The first match between the two teams was played here in 1936. Team India was successful in making this match a draw. At that time, a draw on the pitch of England was considered a victory for India. The second match was played here in 1946 which was a draw. England defeated India for the first time at this ground in 1952.
India played the last Test at this ground in the 2014 tour. Then England beat India by an innings and 54 runs. Bad memories of the Indian team are also attached to this ground. Team India last played the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup and even then it had to face defeat at the hands of New Zealand. This also proved to be the last international match of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Team India would like to avoid Root and Woakes
England captain Joe Root and fast bowler Chris Woakes have a tremendous record on this ground. Root has scored 781 runs in 8 Test matches at an average of 65. The English captain has also scored a double century in Manchester and is second in terms of scoring the most runs. At the same time, Woakes has taken 23 wickets in 5 Test matches here. Team India will have to avoid the dangerous bowling Woakes in the Oval Test as well. Apart from this, all-rounder Moeen Ali has also taken 16 wickets in three Test matches.