India’s Playing XI For The First Test Against England (Predicted)

For the India versus England match, which is to be played from August 4th, 2021, in Trent Bridge, the Indian team is likely to do their best to bounce back on top. This is because the group experienced a loss during the ICC World Test Championship finals against New Zealand. New Zealand had given India a hard time in all divisions, and even at the finals, the Indian team didn’t look as if they would make a comeback. 

There is a lot of analysis concerning the Indian group for the finals in conditions that favor swing bowling. India required a few commitments from the number 9-11 in intense conditions in England. So here is the predicted India team for the England Test series 2021.

Shubman Gill

Despite Gill battling to make a significant score in two innings of the World Test Championship finals, he will hold his opening space. During the WTC game, he was able to score a fearless 30 in the primary innings. The shots he called were full of command, but he was later dismissed. For India versus England 2021, Gill will be more determined to make a big score.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is an obvious choice for the First Test match to open the innings. During the Australian tour, he recorded a decent score. However, Rohit should change his starts to a big score. He ought to make sure he does not repeat the mix-ups he did against New Zealand in the WTC Final. 

Cheteshwar Pujara

For the Australian tour, Pujara also batted very well. He faced the brilliant pace attack and scored 50 and 77 runs in the Sydney Test. During the deciding Test in Brisbane, Pujara assumed a significant part in the group’s series win. However, Pujara didn’t show his pure class in WTC, but now he will need to come good against England in this series. 

Virat Kohli

Virat, the team’s skipper, is the strength in the batting order in all three formats for the Indian team. However, because of the defeat of the WTC, he is now under a lot of pressure. He is required to lead his team to a series win in England. Additionally, he needs to prove again as the match-winner in this series against England. The last time he reached the three-figure mark was in 2019. Hence, Kohli is required to have a series like in 2018. 

Ajinkya Rahane

The time for Rahane to break through his struggles for the last three years has come. He has been the vice-captain for a long time and has contributed with some crucial knocks in the most challenging periods for India. He had the highest score for the game against New Zealand, but he should look to grind out those tough times he had thrown for the series against England. 

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ashwin will head the spin department in the Test match against England. He was among the players who did well in the WTC. However, India needed more batting from the spin bowling all-rounders. Recently Ash has been in good form. If he were to compete as he did during the second innings of the Chennai Test match, the Indian team would be competing hard against England. 

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