ENG vs IND 1st Test. After the T20I and ODI series, now its all about Tests. In the five-Test series against England starting on Wednesday, August 1, where the Indian team will be aiming to remove the poor performance on foreign tours. On the other hand the hosts’ eyes will be on their own performance to get the lost form in five-day cricket.
This will be 1000th Test match of England, but the world’s number one Test team is playing against them. India had won the Test series in England in 2007, led by Rahul Dravid for the last time. However, it will not be easy for Virat Kohli’s team to repeat that success.
Due to Shikhar Dhawan’s failure in the practice match and KL Rahul’s good performance, and due to the impressive performance of Chinnaman Kuldeep Yadav in the T20I and ODI series, selecting the playing XI for the Indian team management will not be easy.
In the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian team lost 4-0 and 3-1 respectively in 2011 and 2014. India has won only six Tests out of 57 in England.
England is also not doing good
On the other hand, the previous form of England in Tests is also the subject to worry. Since September 2017, England have won only one Test match out of 9 against Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.
In the last five home Tests, it was defeated by the West Indies and Pakistan. Both teams took advantage of the excessive dependence on the Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Alastair Cook in batting.
On the other hand, the Indian team has registered three out of six wins after 2002. India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar was part of the Test team that won the Leeds Test under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was also in the 2007 team.