- Kohli returned home after playing a Test on Australia tour
- Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant did wonders with the bat in Australia
- R Ashwin took 12 wickets in 3 Tests in Australia
The first Test match of the 4-match series between India and England will be played from February 5 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. After the Test series, both teams will play 5-match T20 and 3-match ODI series. Both the teams are fresh at the moment as India beat Australia abroad while England defeated Sri Lanka at their home.
In the absence of many senior players including Virat Kohli, the Indian team won the historic Test series from Australia. With this victory, his confidence is in the seventh sky. England’s team is also doing better under Joe Root’s captaincy.
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Virat Kohli, the regular captain of the Indian cricket team is making a comeback after Paternity Leave. Kohli’s personal performance with Team India on this series will also be watched. The year 2020 was extremely bad for Kohli, who could not score a single century.
Virat’s last century in Test cricket came at the Eden Gardens against Bangladesh in November 2019. Kohli then appeared to be struggling on the New Zealand tour. He also failed to play a big innings in the Adelaide Test on the tour of Australia.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who was part of Modern Cricket’s Fab 4, former Australian captain Steve Smith and current England captain Joe Root have scored centuries in their last Test series. In such a situation, Kohli will look to play a big innings against India vs England Test Series.
Rohit Sharma played two Test matches on the tour of Australia. In the third Test of the series played in Sydney, Rohit shared a 70-run partnership for the first wicket with opener Shubman Gill. He was dismissed for 26 in the first innings and 52 in the second innings.
On the tour of Australia, Rohit scored 129 runs at an average of 32.25. India have three options in the opening as Gill, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul. In such a situation, Rohit will be looking to play a big innings against England (IND vs ENG).
The tour of Australia for wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant was excellent. Pant played a key role in getting the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to India for the second time in a row. An unbeaten 89-run match-winning innings in the Brisbane Test, Khel Pant gave India a 2–1 Test series in Australia.
Pant’s weak link is wicketkeeping. Against the pacers and spinners in Australia, he dropped several catches behind the wicket. In such a situation, everyone will keep an eye on their wicketkeeping on the turning track in India. Pant’s confidence in Australia has been very strong this time.
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The tour of Australia proved to be a great one for young opener Shubman Gill. Gill was given the debut test cap on Boxing Day. His 45-run innings in difficult conditions affected the game. Gill then scored an unbeaten 35 in the second innings. India easily achieved the target of 70 runs.
In the fourth and decisive Test played at Brisbane, Shubman Gill scored 91 runs while Team India were chasing a target of 328 runs. He faced backers from Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.
If veterans are to be believed then Gill is the future of India. In such a situation, Gill has a higher burden of expectations. It will be interesting to see how he gives India a start in the opening against England. Gill will feature bowlers like veteran paceman James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Joffra Archer.
Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was one of the star players who excelled in Australia. The innings that Ashwin played with Hanuma Vihari in Sydney will be remembered for a long time. The Indian team was successful in drawing this test.
Ashwin took 12 wickets in 3 matches and also contributed with the bat at crucial times. This main spinner of the Indian team is now fully ready to play at home. Ashwin’s record at home is excellent. Ashwin has taken 254 wickets in 43 Test matches played in the home, in which 21 wickets are 5 wickets in his name. Ashwin has 4 Test centuries in his name, out of which he has scored 2 in India. The third Test Day Night of the series will be played between India and Australia. The third and fourth Tests will be played in Ahmedabad.