Five Indian Players to watch out for in the test series.
Edgbaston is all set to host the first test between India and England, the opener of the test series which includes five longer formats of the game. In the limited overs format, India won the T20I series and the hosts won the ODI series. After nearly a two weeks of gap, both teams are ready to roar in the red ball format.
Last time when India toured England they lost the test series 3-1 after a winning start in Lords, the famous win in the Mecca of cricket after 28 years. After some acceptable performances in the South Africa tour, everyone has an eye on Kohli and co in the test series.
At the start of the series, visitors are suffering from a major set back as their main two pace bowlers Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are still recovering from injury. The batting department looks confident after some good performances in the three-day warm-up game against Essex Cricket Club. Let’s see some main players who are to watch out in the test series.
1. Virat Kohli
The most expected player in the series is none other than the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. The rivalry between James Anderson and Virat Kohli is the most talked one in the cricketing world in the past two weeks. The current Indian best batsman scored only 134 runs in the 10 innings he played in their last tour to England with an average of just 13.4 which is very poor compared to his standard.
In the last tour, he struggled against the deliveries outside the off stump which is a common problem for most of the subcontinental batsmen. His technique to face those deliveries is more improved now than in the last tour. England is the only overseas country where he failed to score runs in the longer format of the game.
In their tour to South Africa, he played some outstanding knocks in the seaming conditions in South Africa against the bowlers like Rabada, Morne Morkel and Philander. As he is pretty much developed in the format everyone is expecting to see how he faces James Anderson in the swinging conditions.
2. Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane, the overseas bully of the Indian cricket team is another player to watch out in the England test series. He is been so useful to the team in their overseas tours. His techniques and batting styles are more suitable for overseas than the subcontinent. His role at no.5 will be a key to the Indian team throughout the series.
In 2014 when India recorded their historic win in Lords he scored a match-winning century in the first innings and single-handedly took the first innings score to a decent one. In his last tour he scored 299 runs in the ten innings he played with an average of 33.22 which is pretty much higher when compared to other Indian batsmen.
3. Dinesh Karthik
After the magic finish in the finals of the Nidhas Trophy Dinesh Karthik announced the cricketing world that now he is in the form of his life through some best performances in the IPL too. Unfortunately, after that, he did not get enough chances in the Indian team to prove his current best form.
In the test match with Afghanistan, he made a comeback into the test team after eight long years. Unfortunately, he went out for a run out in the match. He had a good warm-up game against Essex Cricket Club. In the last four years, the team is struggling to get some runs from the wicketkeepers. If he performs well in the series that will be a big bonus for the team.
Also, he was part of the series winning team in 2007 tour. In the tour, he was the leading run scorer for the team and third overall in the series. So his comeback in red ball cricket will be a thing to watch out for.
4. Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma is the most experienced pace bowler in the team. He is playing the red ball format for over last ten years. He is the most experienced player in the side as Dinesh Karthik missed eight years of his career in between 2010 and 2018.
His performance in the historical win in Lords in 2014 is quite memorable as he exploited the short ball weakness of the English batsmen with seven wickets in second innings of the match. He never failed to bowl some surprising spells in every overseas tour of the Indian cricket team.
Two months before he played for Sussex in the county cricket which will be handful to him in the test series. Overall he took 15 wickets in the four-county games he played with the best spell of 29.2-7.69-5. Also, he showed an impressive performance with the bat too in the four first-class games he played.
5. Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay is also a triumph card for the Indian cricket team n the longer format of the game. His overseas performances are also quite decent. In the warm-up game against Essex Cricket Club, he regained some form as he struggled throughout the South Africa tour.
In the last series, he was the leading run scorer for the team in the series. He also contributed in the second innings of the historical test in Lords. Overall he scored 402 runs in ten innings he played with an average of 40.2 including one century and two half-centuries. So his form will also be the main concern for the team in the series.