India's tour of England has been a fascinating contest between two of the best sides in world cricket. Apart from the Lord's Test which the Joe Root-led English team won by an innings and 159 runs, every match has been a topsy-turvy ride with the momentum of the match shifting like a pendulum with each passing session.
However, it was England who were determined enough to hold their nerves to seal the deal by pocketing the series by 3-1 with one Test to spare.
Now the focus shifts to the Kennington Oval in London, where it will be a battle of pride for the Virat Kohli-led India who will fight tooth and nail to save the blushes of yet another embarrassing overseas Test series defeat and end the long series on a top note.
The opening combination for the Indian team during overseas tours have been a major issue for a long time now. Both KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan failed to tackle the English seamers, especially the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, even Sam Curran and Chris Woakes along with Ben Stokes have constantly exposed the shaky technique of the Indian openers with the red cherry.
In the fifth Test at the Kennington Oval, Indian batting prodigy and Under-19 World Cup winning skipper Prithvi Shaw is expected to be in the starting line-up and with his fearless attitude, India might find a way to end their opening woes. Meanwhile, Dhawan has also struggled against the new ball, but his good starts with aggressive intent might be enough to keep him in the XI for the final Test at least.