The Indian Test team is ready to kick-start their second edition of the World Test Championship with a five-match Test series against England in the United Kingdom. India’s Tour of England would have its first ball bowled on August 4 and will last more than a month.
There are plenty of narratives going into this high-octane Test series. For starters, let’s look at the players who could have a groundbreaking outing in India’s Tour of England.
VIRAT KOHLI (India)
The first name on this list has to be India’s captain Virat Kohli. A lot will be riding on Kohli’s form if India wants to win their first series in England since 2007. The Indian captain has seen it all in the two tours he has had of England in Test cricket. In 2014, he was barely able to get bat on ball while in 2018, he was in the form of his lifetime. This would be a huge test for him as a captain with team selection would be key for the Indian team.
JOE ROOT (England)
England captain Joe Root loves batting against India in England. He has averaged close to 60 against the Indian team in the 10 Tests he has played in England in his career. It includes three centuries and four fifties. Root would be riding high on confidence coming into this series as he has struck form at the right time for his nation. He would also have to do some work with his off-spin given that England didn’t field a spinner in the two matches they played against New Zealand recently.
RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN (India)
In the two tours Ravichandran Ashwin has been to England, the Indian off-spinner has managed to feature in only six games. His record in England is decent both with the blade and the ball but given his high standards, Ashwin would be hoping to put in a series-winning performance this time around. He recently featured for Surrey in a County Championship match and picked up a six-wicket haul against Somerset. His batting skills would be tested as well in this series given that India is most likely going to field five bowlers in the majority of the matches.
BEN STOKES (England)
Ben Stokes astonishingly has a poor record against India in England. The England all-rounder averages just 18 with the bat, with no hundreds to his name. His bowling record is decent with 21 wickets from six matches. If England are serious about winning this series and going into the Ashes series Down Under high on confidence, then they need Ben Stokes to be in cracking form with the bat. He is arguably the second-best batter in this England Test team and they’d be counting on him to come good in India’s Tour of England.
RAVINDRA JADEJA (India)
There hasn’t been anyone in world cricket who has shown more progression in their batting in the past few years than India’s Ravindra Jadeja. The southpaw is classified as a genuine all-rounder for India in Test cricket and he has been in great form leading up to this series. Jadeja averages more than 50 in Test cricket in the last three years with the bat and continued this good form with twin fifties in the tour match against the County Select XI. His left arm spin would also be key in this series and could be the gamechanger India need in order to win in England since 2007.
JAMES ANDERSON (England)
Finally, this piece couldn’t have been completed without mentioning the most successful fast bowler of all time, James Anderson. He is incredibly difficult to face in English conditions and his record against India in the UK is outstanding. Anderson averages 19.38 with the ball having picked 49 wickets in just 10 matches. He has been England’s most lethal bowler against India in the past ten years and should be amongst the highest wicket-takers again in this coming series. The question to answer for the management would be whether Anderson would play all five matches or would he be rested in the middle of the series.
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