The Indian squad is all set to face the guest team today in Chennai. The Indian team, which is led by Virat Kohli, has to play against England in the first two matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepak ground) ground, starting on Friday. The first test will be witnessing no visitors, but in the second test, 50 percent of spectators will be allowed in the stadium with an audience capacity of 50,000. The test is taking place in Chennai after four years. The last Test was played against England in December 2016.
On a spin-friendly pitch, India could land with three spinners. Akshar Patel could get his first Test match. Washington Sundar and Patel, who made their Brisbane Test debut, are likely to be picked in the playing XI. Ashwin’s selection is certain, while Kohli would prefer to have Kuldeep Yadav as the wrist spinner.
Indian squad has a Strong Batting Line up
With Kohli’s return, the Indian team’s batting line has been strengthened. Kohli is returning to the game after a paternity leave after the first Test in Australia. India then won the series 2–1 with a miraculous performance in Australia, while England made a clean sweep of Sri Lanka 2–0. Therefore, the competition in this series is likely to be exciting. India however faces England which is the only team to win the Test series (2012) in India in the last nine years.
The Glory of International Cricket Is Returning Again
After almost 11 months in the Indian home grounds, the glory of international cricket is returning again. The cricket calendar has been widely influenced by Corona. The team from South Africa came in March last year. Apart from this, the match between Ireland and Afghanistan was played in Noida in March last year. The IPL took place in the United Arab Emirates. Apart from this, the Indian team toured Australia. At the domestic level, cricket has definitely made a comeback with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.
The team is as follows
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Siraj, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Akshar Patel, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, R Diddhiman Saha, Shardul Thakur.
England: Joe Root (captain), Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Jose Butler (wicketkeeper), Ben Fox, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jeffrey Archer, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, Ollie Stone.