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India stick to 'spin-friendly' surface, won't boomerang: Kohli
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India stick to 'spin-friendly' surface, won't boomerang: Kohli
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Ahmedabad, March 3 (TIWN) Just a draw away from qualifying for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, India could be gambling a bit too much by dishing out a surface for the fourth and final Test against England that aids turn from the start.

After the first match of the series, a desperate India, down 1-0 and with chances of qualifying for the World Test Championship (WTC) final seeming difficult, played England in the next two Tests on surfaces that helped the ball turn from as early as the first session.  It paid off and India went 2-1 up. It is a margin that should see them through to the WTC final. A draw in the fourth and final Test would suffice for India. 

But then captain Virat Kohli's Indian team is not one that is known to play for a draw.

They keep draw as the last option. This is what the team management has said time and again and it is a strategy that helped them win the fourth and final Test in Brisbane. 

So, it came as no surprise when India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane mentioned in the media interaction on Tuesday that the surface would be similar to that in the second and third Test matches.  But a surface that is deemed to produce a result can backfire too for India if England get a better grip of it this time. If the visitors bat first and put up a sizeable total, India, who will be batting fourth could be in a soup.

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