After completing their second successive whitewash over Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, England will be looking to make amends for their poor record in subcontinent conditions. The visitors will see the return of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Rory Burns and Ollie Pope come to the Test squad for the first two Tests of the series.
In the most anticipated series of the year, England will take on four-match Test series, which is slated to begin from 5th February in Chennai.
The four-match series over the course of 35 days will be an intense battle between both teams looking to a book their place in the finals of World Test Championship. Before the start of the Test series, we will look in detail the three batsmen to watch out for India.
First up in the list is the best batsman in the world in the five-day format- Virat Kohli. After missing the last three Tests against Australia due to personal reasons, Kohli will be keen to make an impact with the bat in this four-match Test series.
In 2020, Virat Kohli struggled to make scores in the two-match Test series played in New Zealand. In four Test matches played, Kohli has only scored 116 runs at an average of 19.33, with one half-century to his name.
The team management will be hoping that Kohli can deliver his absolute best in this four-match series. However, Virat Kohli will take heart from the fact that in England’s previous tour to India in 2016/17, he showed sublime form with the bat and accumulated 655 runs at an average of 109.16 with the help of two centuries and two half-centuries.
The next in the list is India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, who has been the most bankable performer for the side in the five-day format. The 33-year old has represented his country in 81 Tests, where he has scored 6,111 runs at an average of 47.74 with the help of 18 centuries and 28 half-centuries.
In the Test matches played at home, Pujara has produced incredible numbers with the bat. In 42 Tests, Pujara has accumulated 3471 runs at an average of 59.84 with 10 centuries and 18 half-centuries to his name.
Cheteshwar Pujara will be looking to continue his excellent form with the bat in his four-match Test series.
Third in the list features Rohit Sharma, who will be looking to get back amongst the runs in this upcoming four-match series against England.
The 33-year-old had a couple of hard months after missing the first two Test matches against Australia due to a hamstring injury sustained during Indian Premier League played in the United Arab Emirates.
This year, Rohit Sharma showed decent form with the bat in the two matches in Australia and accumulated 132 runs at an average of 32.25 with one half-century to his name.
Sharma will take heart from the fact that he has excellent record in the Test matches played at home. In 15 Tests played in India, Rohit Sharma has scored 1325 runs at an average of 88.33, which includes six centuries and five half-centuries to his name.