New Delhi: The 5-match high profile Test series between India and England is going to start in Nottingham from tomorrow. The first test match will be played at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge ground. When the England team came to India in February this year, Team India defeated it 3-1 in the Test series. Team India’s spirits are high after licking the British on their soil. Let’s take a look at which playing XI India will play in the first Test against England.
KL Rahul can be seen opening in the first test match against England. KL Rahul is running in excellent form. KL Rahul has scored a century in a bang in the practice match before the Test series against England. KL Rahul scored 101 runs in 150 balls with the help of 11 fours and a six. KL Rahul played his last Test against West Indies in 2019 and he is in excellent form at the moment. In such a situation, his play seems to be fixed.
Team India’s ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma is in great form. Even though Rohit Sharma scored 34 and 30 runs in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand, Rohit will be expected to bat with a bang in the first Test against England.
Cheteshwar Pujara may get another chance despite his poor performance in the final of the World Test Championship. Pujara will come out to bat at number 3. This tour of England is very special for Cheteshwar Pujara, popularly known as the Wall of India in Tests. If Pujara flops in this series, then his card can be cut from the Indian Test team. However, Pujara hasn’t even scored a century in a long time.
Captain Virat Kohli at number four will have the responsibility of strengthening the team. Virat Kohli has not scored a century for the last two years. In the first test match against England, Kohli will come out to bat at number 4. Kohli would like to silence the critics by scoring a century in the first Test against England. His fans will be expecting a century from Virat, who has been facing a century drought for the last two years.
In the first Test against England, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will come out to bat at number five. In the absence of Virat, Ajinkya Rahane, who created history in Australia, was seen in brilliant colors. Everyone is expecting a big innings from Ajinkya Rahane’s bat in the first test match against England.
Rishabh Pant will take care of number 6 and wicketkeeping. In the last one year, Rishabh Pant has become a match-winner for India, who can turn the match on his own. Rishabh Pant is in great form at the moment. There is a great improvement in his wicketkeeping, so the batting is also intact.
Ravindra Jadeja can come out to bat at No. As a batsman in Test cricket, Jadeja needs only 15 runs to complete 2,000 runs. After scoring 15 runs, Jadeja will become the 5th Indian player to have taken 2,000 runs and more than 200 wickets in the longest format of cricket. Earlier, Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin have captured this record from Team India. Jadeja has so far scored 1985 runs in Tests as a batsman and has taken 221 wickets.
India’s legendary off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin can prove to be the hero of victory in the first test match against England. Ashwin is the world’s number two bowler in the ICC rankings. Off-spinner bowler Ashwin is set to play in the playing XI.
Jasprit Bumrah has been leading the Indian team’s pace attack, so he is sure to be included in the playing XI. In Tests, he has taken 83 wickets at an average of 23.22. Jasprit Bumrah’s action will give him bounce with a lot of speed, which can put the England batsmen in trouble.
Mohammed Shami is an expert in swinging the ball. In Tests, Mohammed Shami has taken 184 wickets in 97 innings at an average of 27.57. Looking at his attack and record, it would not be wrong to say that Shami will definitely be included in the playing XI.
Ishant Sharma can prove to be the most dangerous bowler against England. Ishant Sharma has experience as well as tall stature, which will give him good bounce. Ishant Sharma is adept at swinging the ball along with speed. Ishant Sharma has taken 306 wickets in Tests at an average of 32.19. In such a situation, his inclusion in the playing XI is believed to be fixed.