Team India, who returned home after a series of great performances against Australia, is now ready for a new challenge. However, the conditions this time are more favorable for him and better than in Australia. Despite this, Team India will not want to take any laxity, because this time it has a strong team like England who have come to Sri Lanka to beat the Test series 2–0 at their home. The Indian team will once again hit the ground under the leadership of Virat Kohli and will also have experienced players. In such a situation, the Indian team’s eyes will be on defeating England and making it to the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) in the four-Test series starting on Friday.
International cricket is returning to India after a long gap due to Kovid-19. Here he faces a strong team like arch-rivals England, which is led by a batsman like Root. Root will play his 100th Test match. He has the strongest fast bowling attack of all time and the best all-rounder of the game.
However, the Indian team has been strengthened by the return of Kohli, who returned home after a paternity leave after the first Test in Australia. India then won the series 2–1 with a miraculous performance in Australia. But here, India face England which is the only team to win Test series (2012) in India in last 15 years.
England have a batsman as root who knows how to cope with spinners on subcontinent pitches. He also proved it 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.
Ajinkya Rahane, the Indian vice-captain and captain of the team in the absence of 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. After solid batting on Australia’s fast pitches, 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.
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.
Strong bowling combination needed
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. 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 great performance in Australia cannot be forgotten. 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.