ThisIndian tour of England in 2021 will bring us one of the most awaited test-series of the year. It will kick-off World Test Championship’s (WTC) second edition. This 5-match test-series will see two cricket heavyweights, India and England, facing each other, which promises to be an exciting contest.
A team will get 12 points for each test-match win, which means there’s a lot at stake given that it’s a long five-match series. The series is scheduled from the beginning of August to the middle of September, which is the time of British summer. However, rain can play a spoilsport, as it usually does almost every year in England.
Even though the Kohli-led Indian team reached the final of WTC’s first edition, an ICC trophy still eludes them. Outside of India, in a test series, this Indian team has tasted success only in Australia. So far, India under Kohli has failed to win a test series in England, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Given this context, Kohli would certainly love to win the test series against England, but Indian batsmen still have to master the art of playing swing bowling. Whenever the ball moves, they seem vulnerable. Since the ball is definitely going to swing, it remains to be seen how Indian batters will deal with it.
In the previous 3 Indian tours to England, India managed to win only 2 matches, an abysmal record by their high standards. In 2018, when India toured England, they lost the test-series by 1-4 despite having a formidable line-up.
England has a battery of swing bowlers led by none other than James Anderson, who would love to get the better off the Indian batsmen. Stuart Board and Sam Curran are leading swing bowlers in the world, who are proven match winners.
That said, England is suddenly looking vulnerable in their home conditions. They recently lost a test-series to New Zealand by 0-1. This is the first time England has lost a home series since Sri Lanka defeated them way back in 2014.
England has other concerns as well. Their star allrounder, Ben Stokes, announced an indefinite break from all forms of cricket to focus on his mental health. Everyone knows what a match-winner Stokes can be.
Who can forget how he guided England to victory against Australia at Headingley in 2019? Not to mention the crucial role he played in the World Cup 2019 final, which helped his side win the cup.
We all know that beating England in home conditions is difficult, but New Zealand has shown how to do it. We must also acknowledge that the Kiwis are the best test side, especially in swinging conditions. This is the reason they could beat India in the WTC Final.
On the other hand, India has a lot of strengths, including seamers like Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami, its batting, which includes the likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and the super-explosive Rishabh Pant.
The Indians have shown that they have the best talent pool in the world. For example, they managed to beat Australia in Australia when several leading players, including Virat Kohli, were not even part of the playing eleven.
India will have to do something similar if they want to win against England. England, for its part, will be keenly looking to come back to their winning days by beating India. Let’s wait and watch, for this seems to be a nerve-thrilling cricketing contest ahead.
India Tour of England 2021 Schedule & Fixtures for the 5-Match Test Series
Five test matches will be played between both teams starting August 04 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham; Lord’s, London; Headingley, Leeds; Kennington Oval, London; and Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. Here’s the whole schedule for India vs England test-series 2021:
|1st Test Match||India vs England||Aug 04, Wed – Aug 08, Sun||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||3:30 PM|
|2nd Test Match||India vs England||Aug 12, Thu – Aug 16, Mon||Lord’s, London||3:30 PM|
|3rd Test Match||India vs England||Aug 25, Wed – Aug 29, Sun||Headingley, Leeds||3:30 PM|
|4th Test Match||India vs England||Sep 02, Thu – Sep 06, Mon||Kennington Oval, London||3:30 PM|
|5th Test Match||India vs England||Sep 10, Fri – Sep 14, Tue||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester||3:30 PM|
The Indian Squad for India Tour of England 2021
Here’s how Team India is gearing up for the 2021 test series against England:
|Virat Kohli (C)||Batsman|
|Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-Captain)||Batsman|
|Hanuma Vihari||Batting Allrounder|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||Bowling Allrounder|
|Ravindra Jadeja||Bowling Allrounder|
|Axar Patel||Bowling Allrounder|
The England Squad for India Tour of England 2021
The team England also has a number of talented players, who are eager to show their mettle against India.
|Joe Root (C)||Batsman|
|Sam Curran||Bowling Allrounder|
|Ollie Robinson||Bowling Allrounder|
|Craig Overton||Bowling Allrounder|
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