With India hosting England in a four-game test series, all eyes will be on the home side after their recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy victory. The first test will begin on February 5 and will be held at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Both teams have announced their respective teams for the first two Test matches and the players are hoping for good screenings. The first two test matches will be held at the same venue, followed by the other two matches at Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium.
Here are some of the players who could potentially emerge as game changers for their respective parties:
Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored 74 and 4 in the first test match against Australia, but was unable to avoid defeat for his side. He left home after the first test that would be with his wife for the birth of their first child, while India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Although he was not present in the other three games, Kohli is still a crucial figure for the home side due to his leadership and extensive experience. He also ranks fourth in the ICC Men’s Test Batting Rankings. In total, Kohli has played in 87 Test matches and scored 7,318 runs, full of 27 hundreds, seven double hundreds and 23 fifties.
Wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was sensational for India in their Test series versus Australia. He hit an unbeaten battle of 89 runs on Day 5 of the fourth Test, to lead his squad to victory. He also scored 97 points in the third Test to help India sign the match. Despite doubts about his wicket-keeping skills, Pant showed off his match-winning skills. The 23-year-old played in 16 Test games, scoring 1,088 runs, along with two centuries and four fifties.
Before Jasprit Bumrah missed the fourth Test due to injury, he took 11 wickets at the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He is currently ranked ninth in the Test Bowling Rankings and is aiming to perform well against England. Bumrah has played in 17 Test matches and recorded 79 wickets. He also has five hauls of five wicket.
Captain Joe Root, who would play in his 100th Test match, recently played a key role in his side’s 2-0 sweep in Sri Lanka, with strokes of 228 and 186. Root has now scored 8,249 runs in Test cricket, with 19 hundreds , four double hundreds and 49 fifties. Root is also ranked fifth in the ICC Test Batting Rankings.
Ben Stokes, currently first in the Test cricket all-rounder rankings, is a key member of the England team. Stokes, pivotal in all formats, played in 67 Test matches, scoring 4,428 runs. He also struck 10 centuries, a double century and 22 fifties. He has also taken 158 wickets.
Currently one of the fastest bowlers in the world, Jofra Archer hopes to make his mark in India. The 25-year-old played in 11 Test matches, taking 38 wickets, with three five-wicket hauls.
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