India vs England 1st Test Preview: Virat Kohli Takes Charge Again as India Eye WTC Final Spot

Two groups on a excessive after victories away from residence. Two groups with wealthy historical past and rivalry. India and England face off for a four-Check collection beginning with the primary recreation on the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Friday (February 5).

India are coming after an unimaginable win in Australia, the place they received 2-1 regardless of all odds. Quite a few accidents, absence of key gamers, a 36 all out… they fought all of it to emerge victorious. England, in the meantime, had been busy ‘sweeping’ Sri Lanka 2-0.

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On most days, India might be favourites for a house collection regardless of who the opponent is. India have not misplaced a collection at residence since 2012. They’ve solely did not win two of their final 25 Checks at residence, with one loss and one draw every. The case isn’t any completely different this time – India might be agency favourites, particularly within the type they arrive in.

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England, although, might be no pushovers. They’re the aspect that final received a Check collection in India. They did lose a five-match collection 4-Zero in 2016, however the scoreline does not inform the total story. England competed arduous and gave India a good run for his or her cash, however Virat Kohli’s males had been simply too good.

England have arrived in India with out their full energy squad, due to COVID-19 and bubble life difficulties, whereas India are nearer to their strongest aspect. India confirmed their depth in Australia, so it is now arduous to say which is their strongest aspect, particularly at residence. But when England can punch above their weight, like India did in Australia, who is aware of?

Essential factors for the World Check Championship are at stake too, including context to the conflict.

WHAT: India vs England, 1st Check

WHEN: February 5-9, 9.30 AM IST

WHERE: MA Chidambaram stadium, Chennai

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India have an issue of lots. Virat Kohli is again. Ishant Sharma is again. R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah might be again within the XI once more after lacking the final Check in Australia. Hardik Pandya is again too. Their solely – and probably huge – fear is the absence of Ravindra Jadeja.

There have been preliminary stories that the Chepauk pitch can be tempo pleasant, however that is extremely unlikely. India will play three spinners in all probability; Ashwin is an computerized choose, whereas Kuldeep Yadav might play the second spinner’s function. Axar Patel might make his debut contemplating India have already got two spinners bringing the ball into the suitable hander.

If that occurs, Washington Sundar, one in every of their heroes in Brisbane, will contemplate himself unfortunate. However such is the depth of the aspect.

Subsequent query: Who will hold? Rishabh Pant is an computerized alternative within the XI after his terrific knock in Brisbane, however what about his retaining? Can he don the gloves in a house Check with three spinners? Or will India play Wriddhiman Saha together with Pant?

The tempo dilemma: Mohammed Siraj or Ishant Sharma to associate Jasprit Bumrah? Ishant is again in full health and will stroll into the XI. Siraj is among the tales of the Australian tour. However like Washington, he too may very well be unfortunate to overlook out.

And at last: Shubman Gill vs Mayank Agarwal. 14, 243, 10, 108, 7, 215 – these are Agarwal’s scores within the residence season of 2019. Now who would have imagined that his place won’t be assured?

However Gill is the person in type, and is more likely to get the nod.

Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

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England suffered an harm blow with Zak Crawley dominated out of the primary two Checks after ‘jarring his proper wrist’. Ollie Pope, who himself was added to the squad on Wednesday after proving his health, could get added into the workforce.

Rory Burns and Dom Sibley ought to open for England, with Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes making the center order. Moeen Ali, Dom Bess and Jack Leach type a 3 spin assault which implies England might have area for just one pacer between James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Who they go in with might be fascinating to look at.

England have spoken about the necessity to rotate their gamers, particularly within the bubble period. Thus, Broad and Anderson couldn’t play collectively as Jofra Archer is all set to play his first Check in India.

Predicted XI: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root (capt), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad

Head to Head: Final 5 Checks (India tour of England in 2018)

England 4, India 1.


India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Ben Foakes, Olly Stone, Dominic Bess


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