India is all set to begin their trip to UK with a short T20 series against Ireland. The first game of the series will be played at Malahide Cricket Club, Dublin on 27th June. The second game will be played on 29th June at the same venue.
Virat Kohli will lead India for the two-match series after getting full recovered from the neck injury. For Ireland, Gary Wilson is newly appointed captain and will lead the side for the series. India will certainly need to play their best game as Ireland has the ability to produce an upset as seen in the past.
The conclusion of the Ireland series will see India begin their tour to England with a three-match T20 series. The opening T20I will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester on 3rd July. The other two games will be played at Cardiff and Bristol. It is certainly going to be stern test for India as hosts England are playing their best cricket at the moment.
Lokesh Rahul makes a comeback to the side due to fabulous batting performances in the recently concluded Indian Premier League. He will certainly be keen to cement his place in the lineup and could a have role in middle order that has looked frail at times for India.
Virat Kohli and co. will then play three-match one-day series against England after the conclusion of T20s. The first game of the one-day series will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The other two games will be played at Lords and Headingley respectively.
It is certainly anticipated to be closely contested series as England is currently no.1 ranked side in one-day cricket. India will need to bring their A- game to the table as England have notched up back-to-back series victories during past six months.
India will then play five-match Test series that will begin from 1st August. The first game of the series will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The other venues for the series are Lords, Nottingham, Southampton and The Oval.
Shikhar Dhawan found form in the five-day format after smashing a splendid ton against Afghanistan in the one-off game played at Bengaluru. The left-hander will be keen to make amends for his poor record in England. Dhawan endured a poor run in the last series played in England four years ago. He scored 122 runs in 6 innings at an average of 20.33 with best score of 37.
Ajinkya Rahane will be focused to do well in England after not playing two matches during South Africa series. Rohit Sharma might not get a game as conditions will require India to field their best batting combination.
On the other hand, England will have plenty of issues on their hand in the five-day format. Keaton Jennings might get to play the whole series against India. Jos Buttler did make a decent comeback to the Test arena. Dawid Malan will under pressure after not doing much with the bat in the two-match series against Pakistan.
James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes will be frontline options for the side.
India tour of Ireland and England 2018 Schedule
1st T20 –Ireland vs India
Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018, at 15:00 GMT
2nd ODI- Ireland vs India
Friday, Jun 29, 2018, at 15:00 GMT
England vs India Schedule
1st T20 –England vs India
Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at 16:30 GMT
2nd T20 – England vs India
Friday, July 6, 2018, at 16:30 GMT
3rd T20 – England vs India
Sunday, July 8, 2018, at 13:00 GMT
1st ODI –England vs India
Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 11:30 GMT
2nd ODI – England vs India
Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 10:00 GMT
3rd T20 – England vs India
Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 11:30 GMT
1st Test –England vs India
Thursday, Aug 1, 2018, at 10:00 GMT
2nd Test –England vs India
Thursday, Aug 9, 2018, at 10:00 GMT
3rd Test –England vs India
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018, at 10:00 GMT
4th Test –England vs India
Thursday, Aug 30, 2018, at 10:00 GMT
5th Test –England vs India
Friday, Sep 7, 2018, at 10:00 GMT