Hanuma Vihari has been handed over his Test cap and he will be part of the playing XI for the final Test against England.
Vihari was included in the squad after India won the third Test in Nottingham where he replaced chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and now he has been included in the playing XI after replacing Hardik Pandya in the team.
England have won the toss and have decided to bat first in Alastair Cook's final Test.
England are unchanged whilst India give a debut to Hanuma Vihari who comes in for Hardik Pandya, whilst Ravi Jadeja comes in for Ashwin.#ENGvIND
— ICC (@ICC) September 7, 2018
Hanuma Vihari has indeed been given the India Cap….#292. Go well. No news on Shaw though….he’ll have to wait till 4th Oct. #EngvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 7, 2018
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 7, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 7, 2018
The last player before Hanuma Vihari to be in India's Test XI while playing for the Andhra team was MSK Prasad (In Jan 2000 vs AUS, SCG). #ENGvIND
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) September 7, 2018
Ravindra Jadeja has also got a chance to play in the final test after replacing Ashwin in the playing XI.
England wins the toss and opt to bat
England skipper Joe Root has won the toss and has opted to bat first. With this, Joe Root has also become the first skipper to win the tosses in all five Tests since Mark Taylor against England in Australia in Ashes series 1998-99.
India clash with England in a dead rubber
England have already won the series by 3-1 after winning the last match against India at Southampton. However, India will aim to restore its pride and hit back at criticizers by making the scoreline 3-1, whereas England skipper has already made his intentions clear by saying that he wants to send a strong statement to the world by outplaying the World No. 1 side by 4-1.
Virat Kohli led India will be looking forward to finishing the series on a respectable note in the Oval. India will also hope to change its record on the venue which is a big concern for India.
India have played 12 matches at the venue over the last 82 years, but have won only in 1971, when late Ajit Wadekar led India to its maiden series triumph in England the same year.