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|Rohit Sharma||b: Leach||12||20||1||1||60.00|
|Shubman Gill||b: Anderson||50||83||7||1||60.24|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||c: Stokes b: Leach||15||38||1||0||39.47|
|Virat Kohli||b: Stokes||72||104||9||0||69.23|
|Ajinkya Rahane||b: Anderson||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|Rishabh Pant||c: Root b: Anderson||11||19||2||0||57.89|
|Washington Sundar||c: Buttler b: Bess||0||5||0||0||0.00|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||c: Buttler b: Leach||9||46||1||0||19.57|
|Shahbaz Nadeem||c: Burns b: Leach||0||13||0||0||0.00|
|Ishant Sharma||not out||5||15||1||0||33.33|
|Jasprit Bumrah||c: Buttler b: Archer||4||4||1||0||100.00|
|Total||(58.1 Ov, RR: 3.30)||192/10|
|Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Rohit Sharma, 5.3), 3-92 (Shubman Gill, 26.2), 2-58 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 19.3), 8-179 (Virat Kohli, 54.3), 4-92 (Ajinkya Rahane, 26.5), 5-110 (Rishabh Pant, 32.3), 6-117 (Washington Sundar, 33.5), 7-171 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 51.2), 9-179 (Shahbaz Nadeem, 55.3), 10-192 (Jasprit Bumrah, 58.1)|
|Rory Burns||c: Rahane b: Ashwin||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Dominic Sibley||c: Pujara b: Ashwin||16||37||2||0||43.24|
|Dan Lawrence||lbw: Sharma||18||47||1||0||38.30|
|Joe Root||lbw: Bumrah||40||32||7||0||125.00|
|Ben Stokes||c: Pant b: Ashwin||7||12||1||0||58.33|
|Ollie Pope||c: Sharma b: Nadeem||28||32||3||0||87.50|
|Jos Buttler||st: Pant b: Nadeem||24||40||2||1||60.00|
|Dom Bess||lbw: Ashwin||25||55||3||0||45.45|
|Jofra Archer||b: Ashwin||5||10||0||0||50.00|
|Jack Leach||not out||8||18||2||0||44.44|
|James Anderson||c&b: Ashwin||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Total||(46.3 Ov, RR: 3.83)||178/10|
|Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Rory Burns, 0.1), 2-32 (Dominic Sibley, 10.6), 3-58 (Dan Lawrence, 15.3), 5-101 (Joe Root, 23.5), 4-71 (Ben Stokes, 18.1), 6-130 (Ollie Pope, 28.4), 7-165 (Jos Buttler, 41.2), 8-167 (Dom Bess, 42.1), 9-178 (Jofra Archer, 46.1), 10-178 (James Anderson, 46.3)|
|Rohit Sharma||c: Buttler b: Archer||6||9||1||0||66.67|
|Shubman Gill||c: Anderson b: Archer||29||28||5||0||103.57|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||c: Burns b: Bess||73||143||11||0||51.05|
|Virat Kohli||c: Pope b: Bess||11||48||0||0||22.92|
|Ajinkya Rahane||c: Root b: Bess||1||6||0||0||16.67|
|Rishabh Pant||c: Leach b: Bess||91||88||9||5||103.41|
|Washington Sundar||not out||85||138||12||2||61.59|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||c: Buttler b: Leach||31||91||3||1||34.07|
|Shahbaz Nadeem||c: Stokes b: Leach||0||12||0||0||0.00|
|Ishant Sharma||c: Pope b: Anderson||4||11||1||0||36.36|
|Jasprit Bumrah||c: Stokes b: Anderson||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Total||(95.5 Ov, RR: 3.52)||337/10|
|Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Rohit Sharma, 3.3), 2-44 (Shubman Gill, 9.2), 5-192 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 50.4), 3-71 (Virat Kohli, 24.4), 4-73 (Ajinkya Rahane, 26.3), 6-225 (Rishabh Pant, 56.4), 7-305 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 86.2), 8-312 (Shahbaz Nadeem, 90.5), 9-323 (Ishant Sharma, 93.5), 10-337 (Jasprit Bumrah, 95.5)|
|Rory Burns||c: Pant b: Ashwin||33||60||2||0||55.00|
|Dominic Sibley||lbw: Bumrah||87||286||12||0||30.42|
|Dan Lawrence||lbw: Bumrah||0||5||0||0||0.00|
|Joe Root||lbw: Nadeem||218||377||19||2||57.82|
|Ben Stokes||c: Pujara b: Nadeem||82||118||10||3||69.49|
|Ollie Pope||lbw: Ashwin||34||89||3||0||38.20|
|Jos Buttler||b: Sharma||30||51||5||0||58.82|
|Dom Bess||lbw: Bumrah||34||105||6||0||32.38|
|Jofra Archer||b: Sharma||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Jack Leach||not out||14||57||2||0||24.56|
|James Anderson||b: Ashwin||1||12||0||0||8.33|
|Total||(190.1 Ov, RR: 3.04)||578/10|
|Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Rory Burns, 23.5), 3-263 (Dominic Sibley, 89.3), 2-63 (Dan Lawrence, 25.4), 6-477 (Joe Root, 153.6), 4-387 (Ben Stokes, 126.1), 5-473 (Ollie Pope, 152.2), 7-525 (Jos Buttler, 169.2), 9-567 (Dom Bess, 185.3), 8-525 (Jofra Archer, 169.3), 10-578 (James Anderson, 190.1)|
After more than a year, international cricket finally returns to India and it is England who kickstart proceedings in the post-COVID world in India. Cricket resumes in India with a four-match Test series with the first two games slated to be played in Chennai. Both teams are coming into this series with morale-boosting wins away from home.
India had a stupendous series win in Australia. With the number of injuries and adversities they dealt with, it was remarkable how India were able to stand up, fight and land the knockout punch against a strong Australian team. They retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and it was a proper team effort. Everybody chipped in. The bowlers were excellent while the batters did blow hot and cold but got the job done more often than not. Thus, Virat Kohli and his men will be looking forward to this home series. They have a solid batting line-up and the bowling will not just be about the spinners despite being at home. Hence, India will be tough to beat at home.
On the other hand, England have been playing quite a bit of Test cricket. They have played three Test series already post the lockdown, two at home and one in Sri Lanka. They have won each one of them. In fact, Joe Root’s side are on a four-series winning streak in Test cricket. They beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka 2-0 and they found ways to respond to pressure situations really well. The batting looks slightly fragile while England boast of a strong bowling attack.
Mind you, India have not lost a Test match at home since February 2017 and the last time they lost a Test series at home was in December 2012. It was England who beat them 2-1. The last time England played a Test series in India, it was in late 2016 and India thrashed them 4-0. Thus, there is absolutely no doubt that India will start as favourites but you cannot count England out.
Also, this series is the last for both teams in the World Test Championship. Both teams are still alive in the race for the final. India are currently at the top with a points percentage of 71.11% while England are placed fourth with a points percentage of 68.7%, just behind Australia.
Team news: India
India will be without some of their key players. Ravindra Jadeja dislocated his thumb in the third Test against Australia at the SCG. He has been ruled out of the first two Tests. Meanwhile, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami are recovering from their respective injuries which they suffered in Australia. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah, both of whom missed the last Test in Australia are fit and will be available for selection.
Team news: England
England have rested a couple of their all-format players for the first two Test matches. Jonny Bairstow who had a solid outing in Sri Lanka has been rested while Sam Curran has also gone home as a part of England’s rotation policy. Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Rory Burns return to the squad after having missed the Tests in Sri Lanka.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel/Washington Sundar/Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
England: Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali/Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler (wk), Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, James Anderson/Stuart Broad
Ravichandran Ashwin: Ravichandran Ashwin bowled beautifully in Australia in the first three Test matches before he was injured for the fourth. He took 12 wickets and was India’s second-highest wicket-taker in the series. The last time India played a home season, Ashwin didn’t have a major role to play as the pacers did all the heavy-lifting. However, this time around, with no Ravindra Jadeja, the onus will be on Ashwin to lead the attack once again. Moreover, he doesn’t have a great record against England and he will want to correct that.
Joe Root: It is no secret that Joe Root will be a massive player for England in this series. The last time he travelled to India for a Test series, he got a fifty-plus score in each of the five Test matches. Moreover, the England skipper has started 2021 with a bang as he has already smashed a couple of daddy hundreds against Sri Lanka (228 in the first Test and 186 in the second). Root plays spin really well and is comfortable against pace too. If England are to do well, they need their captain to fire.