Test Squad Announced for England Series: A few hours after the Test series victory in Australia, Team India was announced to tour England. 9 members of the winning team in Gaba have also been selected for the England tour. However, fast bowler T Natarajan could not make it. Navdeep Saini, who was injured during the match, also did not get a place. Hardik Pandya returns to the Test team after 29 months. He played his last Test against England in August 2018.
Full schedule of England tour to India
- First Test: 5 to 9 February: Chennai
- Second Test: 13 to 17 February: Chennai
- Third Test: 24 to 28 February: Ahmedabad (Day-Night in Motera)
- Fourth Test: 4 to 8 March: Ahmedabad
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T20 International Series
- First T20 International March 12: Ahmedabad
- Second T20 International 14 March: Ahmedabad
- 3rd T20 International March 16: Ahmedabad
- 4th T20 International March 18: Ahmedabad
- Fifth T20 International March 20: Ahmedabad
- First ODI: March 23: Pune
- Second ODI: March 26: Pune
- Third ODI: March 28: Pune
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Injured Bumrah and Ashwin Remain Intact, Ishant Returns
Injured Ishant Sharma has also returned to the team. Jasprit Bumrah and Ashwin are missing from the fourth Test. However, the injured Hanuma Vihari, who drew the third Test, has not found a place. At the same time, KL Rahul, who left the Australia tour due to injury, has been kept in the team for the second Test. If they are fit, then they can make room.
4 spinners have been selected for the first 2 Tests. Ravindra Jadeja is out due to injury, but Washington Sundar, who took 4 wickets in the debut test and placed a fifty, remains intact. Apart from him, Kuldeep, who did not play a single Test in Australia, is also retained in the team. Akshar Patel is also included in the spinners’ squad, who can make his debut. Test Squad Announced for England Series.
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Indian Team for Series Against England
Opening: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal
Middle Order: Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Riddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, Lokesh Rahul
Fast Bowlers: Jaspreet Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur
Spinner: R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Akshar Patel
Standby: KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar
Net Bowlers: Ankit Rajput, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Krishnappa Gautam, Saurabh Kumar
First Test Will be Held on 5 February
India and England will play 4 Tests, 3 ODIs and 5 T20 series. The Test series will begin on February 5. At the same time, the last two Test matches, including the Pink Ball Test, will be played at Motera, the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad. Finally the 3 ODI series will be played in Pune.
After 10 Months, no Team is Touring India
Cricket was completely closed in India for the last ten months because of Corona. The last time South Africa visited India was in March 2020. The first match of the 3 match ODI series was rained down in Dharamsala. After this, the tour of the African team had to be canceled due to Corona.
IPL was Also Not Held in India
The Indian Premier League (IPL) could not be organized in the country because of Corona. The BCCI got it done in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The league was held from 19 September to 10 November. Mumbai Indians won the championship for a record 5th time.