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Key Battles to Watch in the India-England Test Series

India vs England Test Series 2024: Team India, led by captain Rohit Sharma, is currently riding high on a recent 3-0 victory against the Afghanistan team in a 3-match T20I series. Now, the next mission for Team India is to create a sensation in the 5-match Test series against the England team. The India-England Test series is set to commence on January 25, and fans are eagerly excited about it. Let’s delve into some crucial details about this series and also discuss the key battles to watch out for.

India vs England Test Series 2024: An Overview

Key Battles to Watch in the India-England Test Series

India and England are two of the best teams in world cricket, and whenever they clash, it promises immense entertainment for fans. The rivalry between the two teams not only captivates the audience but is also highly appreciated for the competitive spirit displayed by the players. A similar spectacle is expected once again this time.

The 5-match Test series between India and England is set to commence on January 25, with the first match being played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The remaining Test matches of this series will be held in Visakhapatnam, Rajkot, Ranchi, and Dharamshala. The 5th and final match of this series will be played from March 7. All matches of this series will kick off at 9:30 AM Indian Standard Time. Fans are eagerly anticipating the battles between players in this series and are looking forward to the exciting contests ahead.

Before delving into the battles of the upcoming five-match Test series between India and England, let’s take a look at the squads of both teams, which are as follows.

India Test Team – Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Dhruv Jurel (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Avesh Khan.

England Test Team – Ben Stokes (C), Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jonny Bairstow, Shoib Bashir, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes (Wk), Zak Crawley, Tom Hartley, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Rehan Ahmed, Gus Atkinson and Mark Wood.

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Here are The Battle of the 5 Players to Watch in the India vs England Test Series

Virat Kohli vs James Anderson

Former captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli, is not just counted among the best in India but is considered one of the greatest batsmen in world cricket. In modern-day cricket, there may be few better than him. King Kohli relishes challenges, and he is set to face one in the upcoming Test series.

In the India vs. England Test series, two players are likely to garner the most attention from fans. One is the most experienced fast bowler from the England cricket team, James Anderson, and the other is Virat Kohli himself. In Test cricket, both players have faced each other in a total of 36 innings. During these encounters, Virat has faced 710 deliveries and scored 305 runs.

However, Anderson has dismissed Kohli 7 times, making him the bowler with the best record against Virat in Test cricket. As they face each other in the upcoming Test series, fans can expect an intense battle. Additionally, with this series, King Kohli aims to complete his 2000 runs in Test cricket against the England team. Currently, he has scored 1991 runs in red-ball cricket against England.

Joe Root vs Jasprit Bumrah

In modern-day cricket, there is perhaps no batsman in red-ball cricket better than Root, and he has an impressive record in red-ball cricket against India as well. Root has scored 2526 runs in Test cricket against Team India, including 10 half-centuries and 9 centuries. Everyone hopes to witness his batting prowess once again. However, it should be noted that Root will only be successful against the Indian team when he manages to tackle Jasprit Bumrah.

Root and Jasprit Bumrah have faced each other in 18 Test matches so far. Root has scored 244 runs off 480 deliveries, but he has been dismissed six times during this period. In the upcoming series, Root will aim to play responsibly and showcase his skills against Bumrah.

Ben Stokes vs Ravichandran Ashwin

The 5-match Test series between India and England, scheduled to start from January 25, will witness heightened anticipation surrounding the clashes of two players: Ben Stokes and Ravichandran Ashwin. Both Stokes and Ashwin are stalwarts in the world of cricket, and whenever they face off, it promises an exciting battle. Once again, fans can expect a thrilling contest between the two.

England Test team captain Ben Stokes has an outstanding record in red-ball cricket, and everyone is eager to see him in action in the upcoming series. The way he decimates bowlers on the field is highly admired by fans. However, when he faces off against Ravichandran Ashwin, the situation takes a turn. Stokes has encountered Ashwin in 23 matches, during which he has faced 569 deliveries and scored 214 runs. Which can be called as a decent record, but Ashwin has dismissed Stokes 11 times during these encounters, making it the best record against Stokes by any bowler. Considering that this series will be played on spin-friendly pitches in India, it will be interesting to see how Stokes copes. This is why fans are eagerly looking forward to it.

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Virat Kohli vs Ben Stokes

Virat Kohli may have the ability to tackle any bowler in world cricket. However, when it comes to the England team, he faces quite a challenge on many occasions. In Test cricket, Kohli has been troubled significantly by England’s experienced fast bowler James Anderson, but along with him, English captain Ben Stokes has also shown Kohli the way to the pavilion six times in red-ball cricket. In this series, we can expect an intense battle between the two.

Virat has faced Ben Stokes in 20 innings, scoring 228 runs in 351 balls, which is truly commendable. However, during this period, Stokes has also dismissed Kohli six times. Kohli’s biggest weakness is getting out outside the off-stump, especially when the ball pitches on the line of the fourth and fifth stumps. Whenever the ball swings after pitching, it becomes a source of trouble for him, a fact that James Anderson and Ben Stokes are well aware of and have exploited several times. However, this time, Virat seems capable of dealing with the threat effectively.

Jonny Bairstow vs Ravindra Jadeja

Jonny Bairstow is one of the explosive wicketkeeper-batsmen in the England cricket team, and his bat is sure to create a stir in the upcoming England Test series. However, during this period, he will face the most significant challenge from Ravindra Jadeja, whom he has encountered 16 times so far, and Jadeja has dismissed him once. This may not seem particularly noteworthy in general. Still, this time, with the series being held in India, Jadeja could capitalize on the Indian conditions and deliver an outstanding performance.

India vs England Test Series 2024 Schedule

1st Test: 25-29 January (Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad)

2nd Test: 2-6 February (Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam)

3rd Test: 15-19 February (Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot)

4th Test: 23-27 February (JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi)

5th Test: 7-11 March (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala)

India vs England Test Series Live Streaming

The upcoming series of 5 Test matches between India and England can be watched live on various TV channels, including Sports18 and Colors Cineplex Superhits. Additionally, you can directly stream it on the Jio Cinema app on digital platforms.

TV Broadcast – Sports18 SD and HD (English), Colors (Tamil, Bengali, Kannada), Colors Cineplex Superhits (Hindi)

Online Streaming – Jio Cinema

India vs England Test Head to Head

A total of 131 Test matches have been played between the Indian team and the England team so far, with England having a dominant record. In the India-England Test matches, the English team has won 50 matches and lost only 31, with 50 matches ending in draws.

The last Test series played between India and England in England ended in a draw. In that series, both teams won 2 matches each, and one match ended in a draw.

India vs England Test Records:
Matches Played – 131
England – Wins: 50, Losses: 31
India – Wins: 31, Losses: 50
Draws: 50

Talking about the upcoming series, the prospects for India’s victory are quite high. Since the Indian team has not lost any Test series in India for the past 12 years, Rohit and company would like to maintain this record in the upcoming series as well.

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