The first Test between India and England will take place at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Thursday, January 25.
The first Test of the five-match series between India (IND) and England (ENG) will be held at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday, January 25. Interestingly, India has been on a remarkable home run since 2013, winning 16 straight series and dropping just three games during that time.
By defeating England and getting off to a strong start, the Rohit Sharma-led team hopes to kick off the forthcoming series with style. India had to rearrange their batting order and alter their playing XI after Virat Kohli missed the first two Test matches.
This is the Indian team that is predicted to play England:
Openers: Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma
Since he started beginning the innings in the game’s longest format, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has completely changed the course of his career. With an incredible batting average of 66.73 at home, Rohit is a different animal when hitting in India. In the first Test, the opening batsman will try to get off to a strong start with the bat once more.
Yashasvi Jaiswal made a fantastic start to his Test career in July 2023, batting a stunning 171 against the West Indies. The southpaw did not, however, have a very memorable journey to South Africa, as he managed just 50 runs in four innings. Jaiswal will therefore aim to record a high score in the first Test when he plays in India.
Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, KS Bharat are in the middle order.
With 359 runs in six innings during his maiden series in Australia, including a game-winning 91 on Day 5 in the historic Gabba victory, Shubman Gill had a fantastic start to his career. The 24-year-old will be eager to score some runs in the next game because he hasn’t scored 50 or more in any of his previous nine innings.
Shreyas Iyer’s career began with a spectacular hundred on his debut against New Zealand in Kanpur. However, since then, he has struggled to find the net and has not achieved a fifty in his past eight innings. The 29-year-old will probably go up to the number four place in Kohli’s absence and try to live up to the batting position held by one of the greatest of the current era.
In the first Test match against South Africa in Centurion, KL Rahul produced an incredible century and appears to be in excellent condition. In the forthcoming series, the 31-year-old will bat as a specialist and will aim to score heavily in the opening Test after failing to do so in the previous series against Australia.
KS Bharat will start ahead of Dhruv Jurel as the team’s first-choice wicketkeeper. Bharat has scored 129 runs at an average of 18.42 from eight innings, however he has failed to make an impact with the bat. He will therefore want to contribute significantly with the bat in the opening Test.
Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja are all-arounders.
For many years in Indian cricket’s many formats, Ravindra Jadeja has been the team’s most valuable player, helping them win with both the bat and the ball. Since 2019, the southpaw has the team’s third-highest batting average (42.42) with the bat. With 85 scalps at an average of 25.23 during the same time period, he is also the fourth-highest wicket-taker. The 35-year-old hopes to carry on with his fantastic form in the opening Test as well.
In the most recent home series against Australia, Axar Patel was India’s standout batsman, amassing 264 runs at an average of 88 from five innings while recording three fifties. In addition, he has an outstanding record against England at home, taking 27 wickets at an average of 10.59 from six innings in his first series. The cricketer, who was born in Gujarat, would want to carry on his outstanding performance in the forthcoming series.
Bowlers: Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravichandran Ashwin
Bumrah has taken 140 wickets from 61 innings at an average of 21.21 and an economy of 2.71, putting him ten wickets short of reaching 150 wickets in Test cricket. He will therefore be driven to reach the milestone in the next series.
Mohammed Siraj recently achieved a career-best 6/15 bowling average in a historic victory against South Africa in the second Test at Cape Town. Regardless of the circumstances, the right-arm seamer is renowned for picking up wickets with the new ball, and he will be motivated to continue this trend in the opening Test.
Since 2019, Ravichandran Ashwin has amassed 148 wickets at an average of 19.66 from 30 games, enough for eighth fifers. He is currently India’s top wicket-taker. The off-spinner will be driven to reach the milestone in the first Test itself since he is only ten wickets shy of 500 wickets in the format.
With his dangerous spells in both formats since making his comeback to international cricket following an 11-month injury layoff, Bumrah has demonstrated why the squad has sorely missed him. With just four Test matches under his belt in India, the speedster has amassed 14 wickets at an average of 15.64 from seven innings.
The following is India’s expected playing eleven against England in the first Test: KL Rahul, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and captain Rohit Sharma.