India Tour of England 2021: Who to look out for in the Test series
The England side are set to host India for a 5 Match Test series beginning on 4th August 2021 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The last test match of the series will be played starting from 10 September 2021.
The last time India won a Test series against England was in 2007 when Rahul Dravid led side beat England 1-0. Since then, India has been unable to come victorious against the home side England at their home ground. The current Indian squad under the leadership of Virat Kohli will look to register their first series win in England since 2007. On the other hand, England will look to avenge the 3-1 loss against India earlier this year. The upcoming Test series with the Indian cricket team in England is almost upon us and it will surely be a battle of titans and both teams will be giving it their best to come out on top. Check out the odds at ThisWin cricket to get an idea of what the leading bookies think about the series odds.
The highly anticipated series will feature the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw who have flown in from Sri Lanka, among the others.
Players to look forward to:
The Indian captain had a very ordinary last season with the bat. He failed to convert the starts he got on the Australia tour as well as the recently concluded World Test Championship Final. With 27 Test hundreds under his belt, Virat Kohli has scored 7,547 runs in 92 Test matches and is only 453 runs away from reaching the 8000 run mark in Test cricket. A player of his calibre can turn the tables around with the blink of an eye. He will look to dominate the English attack and stamp his authority in English conditions. Kohli will certainly play a key role in India’s campaign in England and he will certainly be favourite with regards to the cricket betting odds to be the leading run scorer in the series.
R Ashwin has emerged as one of the most promising all-rounders for Indian team in Test cricket. His performance against the English side on Indian soil earlier this year was nothing short of extraordinary. He is on the verge of completing 3000 runs in Test cricket. Moreover, Ashwin is 30 runs short of completing 1000 runs in Tests against England. With the ball in hand, Ashwin has accounted for 413 scalps so far and he is only 21 wickets behind the legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev’s record. A lot will be expected from this cricket match winner in the upcoming tour of England.
On the back of his recent outings, Suryakumar Yadav has become an indispensable part of India’s limited overs squad. He has flown in from Colombo straight to London to join the squad. However, he will have remain in quarantine for 10 days following which he will be available for selection in the Second Test onwards. If he gets an opportunity for a Test debut, he will surely play a key role in the middle order in India’s campaign.
The England captain has always performed to his optimum abilities against the Indian side. Moreover, he is only 286 runs away from completing 9000 runs in Test cricket. Joe Root is known for laying a strong foundation at the top of the order and much will be expected of him in the upcoming Test series.
It is a known fact that James Anderson becomes very dangerous in home conditions. In his age, he looks fit as ever. With a wicket count of 617 in 162 matches, he looks set to get past the record of 619 wickets by Anil Kumble. After surprassing Anil Kumble in the wicket count, he will only be behind the likes of Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan. Anderson is one of the key players to look out for in the upcoming Test series.
Let’s have a look at the squads:
India Squad- Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Suryakumar Yadav (subject to availability after quarantine), Prithvi Shaw (subject to availability after quarantine)
England Squad- Joe Root (Captain), Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton
Cricket Match Fixtures:
- 4–8 August 2021 India vs England, 1st Test Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:30 PM
- 12–16 August 2021 India vs England, 2nd Test Lord's, London 3:30 PM
- 25–29 August 2021 India vs England, 3rd Test Headingley, Leeds 3:30 PM
- 2–6 September 2021 India vs England, 4th Test The Oval, London 3:30 PM
- 10–14 September 2021 India vs England, 5th Test Old Trafford, Manchester 3:30 PM
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