Trent Bridge to kick start a much anticipating Test Series : India vs England 1st Test Preview
The second cycle of the World Test Championship is about to gee up as England mark the start of their summer against the Virat Kohli led Indians. Indians although broken with the demons of the WTC final against New Zealand would want to move on and start afresh for the Second WTC Cycle. While England on the other side would certainly want to capsize this series as they succumbed to the rotation policy and lost both of their anew red ball series.
Captain Root who although is just one win away from becoming England’s most successful Test Captain will be a bit vexed as the next two test series would elucidate him as a Captain for England lost a home test series to New Zealand only after 1999 and the Indian winter was much more worse as the 3-1 loss substantially marked an end to the England’s WTC Final hopes as well. Joe Root would certainty have the batting mantle on his shoulders fielding with a relatively inexperienced batting lineup consisting of Rory Burns alongside Dom Sibley at the top and Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence in the middle order. Bairstow could find himself in the mix with Ollie Pope most probably set to miss the first test with a quad injury. Jos Buttler would have the batting albatross alongside his captain chiefly. England will posilitely miss their Test mainstay and vice captain Ben Stokes who has taken an “Indefinite break from All Cricket” to proritize his mental health and nurse his finger injury which has been troubling him for quite of amount of time now. England would be without their next best all-rounder Chris Woakes who has a heel injury to heal. Adding to their misery, England will miss the services of their speedster Jofra Archer for 2 tests and Olly Stone for the entire series. England will mainly rely on their premier bowling twins Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad alongside Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson in the most probably all pace bowling attack.
India on the other hand will go ahead with their conventional bowling attack fielding one spinner mostly in Ravi Ashwin who finished with a splendid 7 wicket haul for his one off outing for Surrey. Jasprit Bumrah will lead the attack with senior pacer Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Mohammed Siraj could bag the place of the fourth seamer. Kl Rahul would potentially open the innings as his Karnataka mate Mayank Agrawal faced concussion as he got hit by a menacing Siraj bouncer in the nets. Hanuma Vihari who has previously opened 3 times could be a option but India would probably go with their seasoned opener in Kl Rahul. Rohit Sharma would like to make a mark with questions being raised on his ability to score big runs against the swinging Dukes ball in English conditions. The Captain Virat Kohli on the other hand would try to find early rhythm in the series as he did in 2018 tour. The 2014 ghosts would be pretty much behind him as the Kohli vs Anderson rivalry which Kohli easily managed to win would be the one to watch out for throughout the series. Also the assailing ability of Rishab Pant would balance the batting line up perfectly for the Indians and as vice-captain Rahane mentioned even the 20-30 runs from the tail would definitely matter.
The forecast is set to be cloudy throughout the match with slight drizzles expected from day 2 to day 5 of the first test match. Virat Kohli & Co. have lost all the four opening tests held in the SENA nations and clutching an early win would certainly augment their confidence to get the ‘ losing the first test ‘ monkey off their backs .The match will air on the Sony Sports Network Platform from 3.30 IST and this will be most certainly a great contest to witness.