Old foes India and England

The Indian Cricket Team are touring England in August and September 2021 to play five Test Matches. The Test series will be the first matches of the 2021-2023 World Test Championship. Virat Kohli and company will play five test match series in England from 4th August to 14th September. Starting from Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Ahead of the Test series, India was scheduled to play two intra-squad warm-up matches against India A. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the England and Wales cricket board (ECB) confirmed that India would play two intra-squad four-day matches instead, with India travelling with a larger squad. Two first-class matches were planned against county teams but were initially replaced with intra-squad matches in Durham. However, both cricket boards were looking at organising a three-day match against a Select County XI side.

Let’s take a look at the squad of the Indian cricket team.

India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami.

Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari made a comeback to the Indian test squad after having to skip  India vs England test series on home soil due to injury. All-rounder Hardik Pandya and Prithvi Shaw, who has been a great form in the domestic circuit, have failed to make it to the Indian squad.  

Old Rivals

England and India have a whole book of the history of rivalry between them, especially in test cricket. Let’s take a look at some of the best tours of India in England.

England vs India at Nottingham, 2007

After 21 years, India under Rahul Dravid registered their first Test series win in England. Overcast conditions and with the red ball in hand, Zaheer Khan produced a magical spell as he scalped nine wickets – five in the second innings to hand India a magnificent victory.

With the bat, the top-order came good as Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman scored valuable half-centuries. Tendulkar was unlucky as he missed out on a ton, falling nine runs short. But India had amassed 481 to sniff win.

Although Michael Vaughn led England s fightback with a valiant 124, Zaheer Khan ensured he swung the match in India s favour.

England vs India at Lord’s 2014

When England was pipped as favourites to win at the home of cricket, India bounced back to register a historic win at Lord s.

Ajinkya Rahane played a superb inning as he saw his name on the Lord s honours board with a brilliant 103. That set the tone of the match as a spirited India tamed England by 95 runs.

At a time when England was looking at ease with the draw on the cards, their ambitions of going for the win backfired as Ishant Sharma took his career-best figures of 7/74 to help India reign supreme at Lord s.

England vs India at Manchester, 1990

A legend was born and undoubtedly went on to become the God of Cricket. Sachin Tendulkar hit his maiden Test hundred at Old Trafford and helped India draw the second Test.

Coming at No.6, Tendulkar along with Manoj Prabhakar (67*) shared an unbeaten 160-run stand for the seventh wicket to stun the Englishmen. When the game started, England was all over India and an English win was certainly on the cards. But Tendulkar played a masterclass inning, that ranks the very best among his 100 international hundreds.

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