Finally, We are just one day ahead to witness the epic Bilateral Series between India and England. This series will be the gate pass for the ICC Test Championship Final . Since, both Teams are coming from the series victory , surely we can see many exciting battles between the Bat and Ball. And also we knew that Chennai Chepauk stadium is meant for creating Histories for Test Matches. This will be the first Home series for Team India after an year ,they might not knew exactly how these pitches will behave , Virat Kohli will have healthy headache on choosing best Players in the Playing XI. Let’s analyse and predict our playing XI for the first Test Match
Virat Kohli: (Captain)
Virat Kohli will be back as a captain after the paternity leave and the forgettable match in Adelaide, He will take his responsibility for both captain and batsmen . Its been an year , fans did not witness Kohli’s century in Test Cricket . So for him it will the best chance to show his capability in Home condition.
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill (Openers) :
Team India will continue to play these opening pair after the successful Australia series . No doubt they will continue with the combination of experienced player (Rohit)and young player (Gill) they were set to hold onto their spots in the side and will be opening at Chennai.
Cheteshwar Pujara :
There is going to be no change at the No 3 spot Pujara will continue his service for playing Test knocks at this position for the Team.
With Kohli back in the side, he would straightaway get into his favourite No. 5 position in the batting order by following Kohli and also vice captain role for the side .
After the heroic performance at Gabba , there is no doubt he will be the wicket Keeper batsman for Team India , since there is no left hander in the middle it is important to keep players like Rishabh Pant in the playing XI.
This place in the squad in the squad has more competition , after Ravindra Jadeja ‘s unavailability three players Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel , Washington Sundar were possible option for this place, yet Sundar will seal this spot with the home ground advantage and also proved his ability in previous test match . Mostly chepauk pitches will become spin friendly, Team will stick with their traditional old rule of playing 3 spinners and 2 pacers.
Ravichandran Ashwin :
‘Namma ooru singam‘ will be default pick in the list after Kohli & Rahanae , since he knew how these pitches will behave in Test Matches, No doubt he will lead the spinners in this entire series .We might witness 10-wicket haul from this legend in his Home soil.
Considering India would be playing at home, they would play an extra spinner apart from Ashwin .This left arm chinaman bowler will be the second spinner for the Team. He did not find his spot for some months in the squad, its the right time for him to prove his ability in red ball cricket. Also, he has the ability to bat in the deep, his presence will make a strong Tail-enders in Team.
Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah:
The two pacers would be the experienced Ishant Sharma and the premier fast-bowler Jasprit Bumrah. This will be the debut game for Bumrah in home soil.
India Predicted XI for first Test:
- Shubman Gill
- Rohit Sharma,
- Cheteshwar Pujara
- Virat Kohli(Captain)
- Ajinkya Rahane(Vice -Captain)
- Rishabh Pant (WK)
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Hardik Pandya/Washington Sundar
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Ishant Sharma