It's time for the big guns🔫 to go head-to-head. India are up against England at home in a 5-match Test series, first of which starts right now in Rajkot. India need to be careful😯 about this after losing to England the last time they came to Indian shores in spite of India’s expected thrashing.
India are the number 1 ranked Test side☝ in the world after having driven away the Kiwis’ routing them 3-0. They haven’t lost a series since their last their previous tour of Australia. Kohli has managed to string together a solid unit that has managed to deliver constant wins under his captaincy👏.
England come into the series after two disappointing series👎 after not being able to beat Pakistan at home or Bangladesh away. Cook should be looking forward to surpassing Atherton by leading England for a 55th time. This should be a complicated series for him with bowlers breaking down😯 and batsmen struggling to counter Ashwin’s spin.
Virat has lost his first toss🙆 at home and has been asked to bowl first. On a typical subcontinent wicket, this should be crucial. Both teams have opted to go in with 3 spinners each. Here are the teams:-
🔰 India XI: M Vijay, G Gambhir, CA Pujara, V Kohli*, AM Rahane, R Ashwin, WP Saha†, RA Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, UT Yadav, A Mishra
🔰 England XI: AN Cook*, H Hameed, JE Root, BM Duckett, MM Ali, BA Stokes, JM Bairstow†, CR Woakes, ZS Ansari, AU Rashid, SCJ Broad