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Since 1933 when the Bombay Gymkhana, also in South Mumbai, played host to the first Test not only in this city but in the entire country, no Indian team has been without a Mumbai player in the eleven Wikimedia (File Photo)

Mumbai: For the first time since India played its first ever Test in 1933, no Mumbai player could make it to the playing eleven of a Test played in the nursery of the country’s cricket on Thursday. Although Mumbai player Shardul Thakur was included in the squad for the fourth India-England Test that commended on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium, he was not included in the playing XI at the eleventh hour to mark a rare happening. Since 1933 when the Bombay Gymkhana, also in South Mumbai, played host to the first Test not only in this city but in the entire country, no Indian team has been without a Mumbai player in the eleven.

However with Ajinkya Rahane being ruled out of the remainder of the series after sustaining a freak finger injury during practice yesterday and Thakur, who was in the squad as a cover for Mohammed Shami, also not included, meant there was no representation from Mumbai. There have been instances in the past when a playing eleven had six to seven players from Mumbai. This is also the 25th Test being played at this ground, since the first one in 1974-75, and 44th overall with the Brabourne Stadium, on the south side of the Churchgate railway station, having hosted 18 games from 1948 to 1972.

Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 4th Test at Mumbai

Faltering England returned to the field to take on a dominant India in the fourth Test at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. England won the toss and opted to bat first. Both the teams made a couple of changes to their side. India s Mohammed Shami and Ajinkya Rahane sustained injuries thereby made ways for KL Rahul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The right-arm seamer returned after an injury layoff, and is playing his first Test since the New Zealand series. England have included uncapped Keaton Jennings for the injured Haseeb Hameed, while Jake Ball returned to the squad to replace Gareth Batty. Jennings, the son of Ray Jennings, was named as County Championship Player of the Year (2016) earned his place in the side afer scoring 1,548 runs last season.