The first Test of the four-match Test series between India and England will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. We will cover IND vs ENG Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips.
India comes off the back of a historic series win in Australia, so confidence in their camp is flying right now as they welcome England for another hard-fought four-game Test series starting in Chennai.
Their win at the Gabba was all the more impressive given all the absentees they had to contend with. Still, they do welcome back skipper Virat Kohli and Ravi Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah who are all expected to come back into the side for this opening Test.
They are without Ravindra Jadeja however for this game, and the loss of their key all-rounder means they have to decide whether to go with a fifth bowler or consider the likes of Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur or Axar Patel.
England is also coming into this series following a 2-0 victory in Sri Lanka. Still, while that series will have prepared them nicely for the conditions they will face in India, this represents a major step in quality facing arguably the best Test team in world cricket right now.
Like India and their series in Australia, England can also welcome back some key faces with Jofra Archer, and Ben Stokes both rested for the Sri Lanka tour, and the key duo will return here.
Ollie Pope is expected to rejoin the squad following injury. Still, the selectors will make a late call to bring him back in or stick with Dan Lawrence for this opening Test. In contrast, the selectors have plenty to choose from within their bowling group with the temptation to go with both Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad for this opener.
India vs England head to head records:
Matches played: 122
India Won: 26
England Won: 47
IND vs ENG 1st Test Pitch Report:
The surface of Chennai is a dry and hard one, with no tufts of grass on it. Batting will be easy on the first 2-3 days, and then spinners will start coming into action from the 3rd day of the Test due to the cracks. Batting will be extremely tough in the 4th innings, especially against spin.
Average 1st innings score: 330 runs
Record of chasing teams: Won – 10, Lost – 10, Draw – 12
The temperature is expected to stay hot and sunny, around 23-25°C on all the five days of the Test match, with humidity remaining between 50-60% and wind speed of 15-20 km/hr. There are no chances of rain-interruptions on any of the five days of the game.
Probable Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar/Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav/Mohammed Siraj Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma.
Bench: Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammad Siraj/Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel/Washington Sundar.
Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad/James Anderson.
Bench: Ben Foakes, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, James Anderson/Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Ollie Stone.
Top picks for IND vs ENG Dream11 Team:
(34 M, 2270 R, 45.4 A)
(87 M, 7318 R, 53.4 A)
(81 M, 6111 R, 47.7 A)
(69 M, 4471 R, 42.8 A)
(74 M, 377 W, 25.5 A)
(17 M, 79 W, 21.5 A)
(97 M, 297 W, 32.3 A)
(99 M, 8249 R, 49.1 A )
(67 M, 4428 R + 158 W)
(49 M, 2674 R, 34.72 A )
(144 M, 517 W, 27.5 A)
(157 M, 606 W, 26.6 A)
(12 M, 44 W, 30.50 A)
IND vs ENG Dream11 Team Prediction:
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Captain and Vc choices:
- Ravi Ashwin
- Ben Stokes
- Virat Kohli
- Joe Root