Hyderabad will host India’s first Test match against England.
When it comes to winning a test series on Indian soil, nothing compares to the challenge of conquering the Indian subcontinent in cricket terms. Over time, the Indian squad has proven to be a formidable opponent at home, even for powerful teams like South Africa in the early 2010s and Australia in the early 2000s. With just six losses in 65 home test matches over the previous 15 years, the Indians have proven their tenacity.
England has caused India the most problems out of all the opponents, winning three of them, two of which were crucial to their triumphant test series victory during the 2012–13 visit. It’s interesting to note that England was the last side to win a test series in India. They are now counting on a special kind of play they refer to as “Bazball” to help them repeat their success. England has had success with this high-risk, brave style of cricket, winning a hard-fought away series in both Pakistan and New Zealand.
India and England’s eagerly awaited five-match series is scheduled to begin in Hyderabad on January 25 and is sure to be an exciting show. India returns with new players and altered tactics after a 10-month break from home test matches. India’s dedication to producing young talent is evident in the form of young players like pace attack leader Mukesh Kumar, middle order batsman Shreyas Iyer, and wicketkeeper Yashasvi Jaiswal. A problem exists, though, because veteran Cheteshwar Pujara isn’t there in the middle order. Notably, for personal reasons, Kohli will miss the first two tests.
England hopes to escape with “Bazball.”
Although playing Indian spinners on turning tracks is a difficult assignment for England, they think Bazball is the answer. Even though England’s victory over India in 2012–13 was their lone victory in nine matches, they are not deterred. Their confidence has been enhanced by recent victories in Pakistan and New Zealand as well as rescuing a series against Australia from a 0-2 disadvantage. But there are difficulties for the English camp as well. Dan Lawrence was brought in as a result of Harry Brook’s withdrawal, which raised the potential of having both Johnny Bairstow and Ben Foakes in the starting lineup.
The crucial concern is whether England’s batting lineup can do Bazball on the low-pressure, dry Indian wickets. England depends on a strong and stable top and middle order to weather the current unrest. They’re nervous in the last minute, but they’re determined to beat an impressive Indian team.