Fueled by the resurgence of their spirit with a resurgent return to Australia, the Indian team will now face England in a four-Test series led by Virat Kohli starting on Friday with both teams eyeing the World Test Championship ( WTC) will be set to make it to the finals.
Root’s 100th Test
Due to the long break due to Kovid-19, India will be returning to international cricket after a long time and for this, its opponent is a strong team like England, which is led by a batsman like Root. Root will play his 100th Test match. He has the strongest fast bowling attack of the present time and the best all-rounder of the game. But the Indian team has been strengthened by the return of Kohli, who returned home after Paternity Leave after the first Test in Australia.
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Both teams are in unmatched form
India then won the series 2–1 with a miraculous performance in Australia, while England made a clean sweep of Sri Lanka 2–0. Therefore, the competition in this series is likely to be exciting. India, however, face England who are the only team to win the Test series (2012) in India in the last 15 years.
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Indian batsmen will be tested
England have a batsman as root who knows how to face spinners on subcontinent pitches. He proved this by scoring two big centuries in Sri Lanka recently. Bowlers like James Anderson and Stuart Broad are set to test Rohit Sharma’s patience and Shubman Gill’s technique. Joffra Archer will try to upset the Indian batsmen with his short pitch balls and Ben Stokes would like to take advantage of that if the old ball takes a reverse swing.
India would like to avoid complacency
Ajinkya Rahane, who led the team in the absence of Indian vice-captain and Kohli in Australia, said, “Australia’s series is now a thing of the past.” We respect the England team and will focus on one match at a time. It is clear that the Indian team would like to avoid any complacency against England after the win in Australia.
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After solid batting on the fast pitches of Australia, now Indians will have to adjust to the slow red pitched pitch of Chennai. This pitch has a bounce on the first day but from the third day it starts to help the spinners. Cheteshwar Pujara, who has faced many balls in his body in Australia, would like to score big on such pitches as the ball does not go above the waist continuously.
This is the biggest weakness of England
Indian batsmen should not face much difficulty in playing in front of slow bowlers of England. Barring Moin Ali, both England spinners Dom Bess and Jack Leach have no experience in bowling India’s strong batsmen. Explosive batsmen such as Rishabh Pant can tear up his back when the ball gets old. If India have to face New Zealand at Lord’s by making it to the WTC final, they will have to come up with a good bowling combination.
Difficult for India to choose playing XI
This will be Jasprit Bumrah’s first Test match at home while he made his Test debut in 2018. Ishant Sharma played his last Test match almost a year ago. He has not played a red ball for a long time due to injury and Kovid-19. But Mohammed Siraj’s brilliant performance in Australia cannot be forgotten.
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In such a situation, it will not be easy to decide which to choose between Ishant and Siraj. India can get down with three spinners and Akshar Patel may get a chance to play his first Test match. Washington Sundar and Patel, who made their Brisbane Test debut, are likely to be picked in the playing XI. The selection of Ravichandran Ashwin is certain while Kohli would prefer to have Kuldeep Yadav as the wrist spinner.
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Teams are as follows…
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Siraj, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Akshar Patel, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Shardul Thakur.
England: Joe Root (captain), Jack Crowley, Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Jose Butler (wicketkeeper), Ben Fox, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Joffra Archer, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Dominic Bess , Jack Leach, Allie Stone.
Match Time: Indian time will start from 9:30 in the morning.