The most awaiting tour for which India and England cricket fans have been waiting for long is going to start on July 3 2018. In the year of 2014 this tour of India to England was a bit heart breaking for the Indian cricket fans as England had dominated India in every format.
England pitches having good swing conditions, makes it a bit difficult for the Indian batsmen to face their bowling attack as they are not acquainted with it.
But the recent form of England in test has not been significant. There middle order had repeatedly failed in the last 6 months. It is a very good chance for the Indian bowlers to get the best out of the English batsman.
India’s top order has been very dominant in home conditions. Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli are the pillars for the recent success of the Indian team in test and will like to extend this glory abroad also by defeating England. There may be some new faces this time around. It is the first time for players like KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav.
Now let us look at the, Possible squad of India for the Test Series against England :-
Kohli being the captain of the Indian team will lead the team. Though it had been tough for him in 2014 series but time has changed and the captain is ready for the challenge. If once he starts to score runs then he becomes unstoppable.
Rahul has been a great opener for the Indian team in Test Cricket and is a inform batsman. His ability of playing defensive as well big hits makes him a big asset for the team. His performance in IPL 2018 shows that this right handed batsman is in complete form and ready for the England Tour.
Presence of Murali Vijay in the squad is very much essential as he has been a stable opener for the Indian team. His strength lies in his patience and percipience. By his previous knock of 105 in 153 balls against Afghanistan, he again proved himself as India’s one of the best opener.
Shikhar Dhawan, the most coolest player of the team. His opening strokes for the team has always been very valuable. Sikhar always aims at giving a good start to the team irrespective of the different formats. So as per me his presence will be a great advantage for the team.
Rahane being the vice-captain of the test team will also play a vital role along with Kohli in leading the team and making crucial decisions. He has always scored for the team in the times of need and thus stayed true to his position Of The VICE-CAPTAIN.
Cheteshwar Pujara, the player who is named as the next Rahul Dravid. Pujara is one of the most consistent test player for India. His performance in every test series is outstanding and his contribution always helps the team to get a good score on the board. Pujara’s presence in the team for the England tour will be very much valuable.
Karthik will make a comeback in the test team after 8 long years. His role of wicket keeper batsman will be very much vital for the team, as along with wicket keeping he has to take the responsibility of the middle order batting to have a good score on the board. His recent performances in Nidahas Trophy and IPL shows that the Right Handed Batsman is in form and will be a big asset for the team in the England Tour.
Along with Karthik, he is also a member of the middle order batting line up. His contribution for the team as an All-Rounder will be much more than others. Hardik’s terrifying knocks has always helped the team in reaching a good score. His talent of swinging the ball with a good pace has made him very much beneficial for the team.
This mystery off-spinner has always helped the team by taking wickets. His presence in the team will help in checking the opponents from scoring many runs. Along with taking wickets, Ashwin has many times contributed to the team with his bat, which makes him play the role of an all-rounder for the team.
This young pace bowler became a part of the Indian Test team on January 5, 2018, when India was out to South Africa for the India-South Africa tour. His 14 wickets in 3 Tests of the same tour left everyone surprised. Bumrah is also called as the YOURKER SPECALIST of the Indian team. So in the England tour, his presence in the squad will be very much beneficial for the team.
Bhuvi has always been a important part of the Indian Cricket team. His swing bowling and accurate pitching makes it difficult for the batsmen to play his deliveries. England pitches being swing tracks will help Bhuvi a lot in taking wickets. He also has the ability to bat at lower order which will help the team to put a good score on the board.
Kuldeep’s presence in the squad for the England tour will be a big advantage for the team, as being a chinaman bowler his deliveries will make it difficult for the English batsmen to play. Though English pitches are not that spin friendly BUT according to me Kuldeep will be effective as he has many variations.
Karun Nair at any day can prove the critics wrong. Though his charisma has faded ever since he scored a triple century but he can always make comeback and what a great opportunity it will be if he gets selected for the England test series. He can be as dangerous as any other batsman in the squad. Nair may not be considered for the 1st playing XI but he can be a good replacement. If anyone fails to make a mark or gets injured then Nair can step up and take the responsibility.
Ishant Sharma will be a good choice for the England Tour, as along with pace he has the quality to swing the ball which will make it difficult for the England batsmen to play. Being the most experienced bowler in Test cricket his presence will create a positive environment among the seam bowlers.
Umesh Yadav can be a lethal bowler in the English conditions. He is someone who can continuously bowl at a pace of more than 145kmph. The problem Yadav had was consistency bowling the right lengths and line. But In the IPL the paceman bowled exceptionally well and showed the selectors that he had come up with a solution. He has earned his place in the team. And if given a chance can be very threatening for the England batsmen.
The leading wicket-taker in champions trophy 2013 England, Ravindra Jadeja has not done anything remarkable in the past few years. Still he is one of those who can turn around the game for the team. Both fielding or bowling he has been making contribution and one will agree with me that he is one of the best fielder Indian team has ever got. The only concern for Jaddu is his batting, it has led him down. He has to improve his batting performance in order to be a permanent part of the team.