India, England battle for glory in four-match Test series
Host India and England will face off in the four-match Test series, starting from 4th February in Chennai
The series will be a special one as it was the first major cricketing event in 2021. The two cricketing heavyweights will compete in a four-match Test series.
Therefore, both teams will be hoping to give their all and make this series a memorable one for the fans as well as for the players.
Due to covid-19 restrictions, the first two matches of the series will be played at Chennai, while the third and final game will be played at new constructed Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The home team will be coming in this series as favorites as they’ve recently clinched a historic series win in Australia.
On the other hand, England have been in red-hot form after completing a whitewash over Sri Lanka in a two-match series played in Sri Lanka.
After producing series of mesmerizing performances in South Africa, India’s team management will be hoping to that the side can continue their winning momentum in this home series.
The batting department is likely to be bolstered by the arrival of Captain Virat Kohli, who will lead the side for the four-match Test series.
In the batting department, the home team will be relying heavily on the likes of in-form opener Shubnam Gill, veteran middle-order batting trio of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane to score bulk of the runs.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin to produce magic with his off-spin and he will be accompanied by pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj to produce timely breakthroughs. Washington Sundar, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav are other spin options included in the Test squad for the first two games of the series.
On the other hand, England will be coming into this series after comfortably brushing aside Sri Lanka in a two-match Test series played in Sri Lanka.
The team has picked their full-strength squad as all-rounders Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali are named in the Test squad. Pacer Jofra Archer has also been named in the squad for the first two matches.
In the batting department, the visitors will be depending heavily on the likes of Captain Joe Root, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and all-rounder Ben Stokes to score bulk of the runs.
On the bowling front, the visitors will be heavily relying on the likes of James Anderson, Dominic Bess and Jack Leach to provide crucial breakthroughs. Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes are other pace options for the series. Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns are also included in the Test squad.
However, because of the spin-friendly conditions and a poor record of England on turning pitches, the prediction is for India to win the series with the score of 4-0.
India vs England 2021 Schedule
1st Test –India vs England
Friday, 5th February, 2021, at 04:00 GMT
2nd Test –India vs England
Saturday, 13th February, 2021, at 04:00 GMT
3rd Test– India vs England
Wednesday, 24th February, 2021, at 09:00 GMT
4th Test – India vs England
Thursday, 4th March, 2021, at 09:00 GMT
1st T20I– India vs England
Friday, 12th March, 2021, at 01:30 GMT
2nd T20I – India vs England
Sunday, 14th March, 2021, at 01:30 GMT
3rd T20I– India vs England
Tuesday, 16th March, 2021, at 01:30 GMT
4th T20I – India vs England
Thursday, 18th March, 2021, at 01:30 GMT
5th T20I– India vs England
Saturday, 20th March, 2021, at 01:30 GMT
1st ODI– India vs England
Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021, at 08:00 GMT
2nd ODI– India vs England
Friday, 26th March, 2021, at 08:00 GMT
3rd ODI– India vs England
Sunday, 28th March, 2021, at 08:00 GMT