England cricketers wore black armbands within the first Check in opposition to India on the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai as a tribute to inspirational conflict veteran Captain Tom Moore, who handed away just lately.
The 100-year-old British military veteran Moore raised tens of millions of kilos to assist Britain’s well being service in preventing the Covid-19 pandemic final 12 months. He had handed away with coronavirus on Tuesday.
Joe Root’s males wore black armbands when the groups stood for his or her respective nationwide anthems earlier than the guests got here out to bat.
“It is actually unhappy information. I had the pleasure of getting an opportunity to talk to him firstly of the final 12 months. I’m certain his household can be extraordinarily pleased with the legacy he has left behind. Somebody gave the nation an opportunity to smile about in these darkish instances. All the good issues he did for the Nationwide Well being Companies (NHS), on behalf of the entire cricket group, I want to ship ideas to him and his household,” Root had earlier stated in a video shared by England Cricket Board (ECB) earlier than the beginning of the Check match.
“He spoke very fondly in regards to the recreation of cricket all through his life. From the entire cricket neighborhood, he shall be sadly missed,” he had added.
England gained the toss and opted to bat first. Captain Joe Root acquired his 100th Check cap for England.
India went with 5 bowlers, and there was nonetheless no place for Kuldeep Yadav. Washington Sundar, R Ashwin and Shahbaz Nadeem are India’s spinners together with the tempo of Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.
All-rounder Axar Patel was dominated out of the primary Check as a result of a knee harm. Nadeem and Rahul Chahar have been drafted into the squad.
Rory Burns, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer returned to the England XI. There was no place for Stuart Broad.
The taking part in XIs:
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Shahbaz Nadeem
England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson