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As Virat Kohli, back at the helm of Team India, and Joe Root set up their sides for what should be an enthralling series, one could be excused for thinking that the hosts look good in two out of the three main facets of the Test series - batting and spin bowling. While England are up to scratch in the fast-bowling department, their top-order batsmen and spinners leave a lot to be desired. On the other hand, the Indian batsmen, bolstered with Kohli and brimming with confidence after the fine show Down Under, seems to hold most of the aces and with Ravichandran Ashwin to lead the spin department, that is also looking way stronger
After a historic series win in Australia, Team India will look to overcome their next challenge on home turf against England. The England tour consists of four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is. The first Test will start on Friday, 5th February, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Skipper Virat Kohli is set to play his first Test since Adelaide, while the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin have also returned to full fitness and are expected to feature.
However, England also arrive in India full of confidence after winning both matches against Sri Lanka in a 2-Test series. Skipper Joe Root was in phenomenal form and won the 'Man of the Series' award. England will be motivated to give their best, as this series is their best chance to secure a place in the World Test Championship final.
England have rested some of their key players for this series. Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood won't be available for selection in the first two Tests; however, the likes of Rory Burns, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have returned to the side.
Britain additionally show up in India brimming with certainty in the wake of winning the two matches against Sri Lanka in a 2-Test arrangement. Captain Joe Root was in extraordinary structure and won the 'Man of the Series' honor. Britain will be propelled to put forth a valiant effort, as this arrangement is their most obvious opportunity to get a spot in the World Test Championship last.
Britain have rested a portion of their central members for this arrangement. Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood will not be accessible for choice in the initial two Tests; notwithstanding, any semblance of Rory Burns, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have gotten back aside.
India and England have met altogether of 122 Test coordinates up until now. Britain have had the edge over India, winning 47 of them. While India have won 26, upwards of 49 brought about draw. Nonetheless, India have been predominant at home, having won 19 of 60 matches. In the interim, England have gotten just 13 successes in India.
Contrast this with Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Washington Sundar, and it looks extremely light for sure. Also Axar Patel. It is the quick bowling office where England will coordinate, and may even surpass India. James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer are a small bunch for any side and this is barring Stokes, Chris Woakes and Olly Stone.
India will greet back Jasprit Bumrah wholeheartedly while the veteran Ishant Sharma is back as well. Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur were gutsy in Australia yet in sheer insight, the England bowlers are ahead. There is no sureness about whether Hardik Pandya will make it to the XI at first, or whether he will bowl in the event that he makes it.