The Indian cricket team is slated to play England in a five-match test series beginning on August 4th and ending on September 14th, 2021. This time England will host team India. India recently played a one-off test match against New Zealand at Rose Bowl Park, England, held from July 18th to 23rd2021. Although India fought valiantly, New Zealand emerged the victors, winning by eight wickets. This match was the final of the inaugural World Test Championship, so by trouncing India, New Zealand won the World Test Championship mace and a cash prize of $1.6 million.
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, acknowledged that New Zealand was the better team, but he suggested that the final should be amended to be a best-of-three series in the future. He also said that the team’s focus was on the upcoming India vs England 2021 Test series in August.
Rahul Dravid, the cricket icon, has expressed confidence in the Indian squad and predicted a win for India. The former Indian skipper noted that England has fantastic seam bowlers, and they have a rich pool of talent when it comes to bowlers, but India could hopefully neutralize them. He pointed out prolific batsman Joe Root and all-rounder Ben Stokes as players to watch during the matches. However, he singled out Ravichandran Ashwin, who has effectively subdued Stokes in the past and hoped that he would repeat this in August.
He opined that the players in the squad have a lot of self-belief and confidence and a wealth of experience. Some have even played against England or in England, so they have an idea of what to expect. He also highlighted that the team would continue to stay in England after the World Test Championship giving it more than a month to prepare and further acclimatize to the English weather.
Dravid pointed out the superb form of Ravindra Jadeja, the left-handed all-rounder who plays for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Before BCCI suspended the IPL season, he was in spectacular form. Dravid even suggested that Jadeja could appear in the starting eleven. He also mentioned Ravichandran Ashwin as another candidate for the first eleven; the 34-year-old all-rounder has been in scintillating form for the Delhi capitals in the IPL.
The coin-to on the match days could also influence the results, according to Dravid. For example, if India loses the toss, England may choose to bat, and if the pitch is too damp or too green, it might affect India’s pace-bowling attack. Furthermore, if the grounds are dry and conditions are sunny, Dravid predicted a turn in day four or five, according to his experience in England pitches.
Dravid predicted a hard-fought 3-2 win for India in the Test series. The first India vs. England Test match was played during colonial times in 1932, and England won the match by 158 runs. Since then, both teams have played each other in an incredible 128 Test matches, with England winning the majority. England has won 48 matches while India has won 29 matches. India and England have drawn a startling 40 times, so on paper England has an advantage in the India vs. England Test series 2021, but as we know, upsets are common in cricket.