Cricket returns to Chennai

England cricket team captain Joe Root won the toss of the first test in Chennai and elected to bat.

The Indian Cricket team under Virat Kohli locked horns with Joe Root’s England in the first Test of the four-match series, beginning today at the historic M A Chidambaram Stadium at Chepauk in Chennai.

This game will mark the return of international cricket in India after a yearlong COVID-19 break. India played the last test match before a pandemic against Bangladesh on the 22nd November 2019 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Both teams will enter the contest on the backdrop of away series wins in the longest format of the game. India have beaten Australia 2-1 to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy while Joe Root’s England defeated Sri Lanka 2-0.

India is likely to field three spinners as the Test rubber gets interesting as its result will decide the second finalist of the ICC World Test Championship, who will face New Zealand at The Lord’s in June 2021.

Incidentally, the last Test which Chennai hosted was also between India and England from December 16 to 20, 2016.

The first two Tests of the four-match series will be played here, while Ahmedabad will host the remaining matches.

The series opener will be played behind closed doors in view of the Covid-19 pandemic but the BCCI and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) have allowed 50 percent crowd attendance in the second match following fresh government guidelines.