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India beat England without Virat Kohli? A SWOT Analysis Of Both Teams

India beat England without Virat Kohli? A SWOT Analysis Of Both Teams

India will take on England in the 5-match Test series starting on Thursday, January 25 in Hyderabad. The English team has been on a roll in the Red Ball format ever since Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum took over as captain and coach respectively. They now have an uphill task of bettering Team India in the away series, and to be honest, troubling India in their backyard is a challenge that many have failed to overcome. Ironically, the last time India lost a Test series at home was back in 2012 against England. The upcoming series is going to play a major role in deciding the fate of these two teams in the ongoing World Test Championship cycle of 2023-25.

India squad for the first two Test matches:

Rohit Sharma (c), Shipman Gill, Yashvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wicket), KS Bharath (wicket), Dhruv Jorrell (wicket), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Mukesh Kumar Jaspreet Bumrah (VC), Awish Khan

England squad for the series

Ben Stokes (c), Zach Crowley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Dean Lawrence, Jonny Bairstow (wicket), Ben Foakes (wicket), Rehan Ahmed, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Gus Atkinson, Mark Wood, Shoaib Bashir, Tom Hartley, Jack Leach

Note: Harry Brooke has withdrawn from the series citing personal reasons:

India has fielded an expected squad apart from Mohammad Shami, who is recovering from an ankle injury. After a brilliant outing against South Africa at Newlands, Mukesh Kumar got a place in the team, and so did Awish Khan. Out of favor, Ishaan Kishan made way for rookie Dhru Jural, raising some eyebrows in the community. On the other hand, England has given a shock by naming three young spinners in their squad. Tom Hartley and Shoaib Bashir are yet to debut in the Test format, while teenage sensation Rehan Ahmed has his only appearance under his belt.

Let us consider the SWOT analysis of the two teams.

 

Since this is a home series for India, the spin will obviously play a major role in it. The Indian team has three top-quality spinners in their ranks and will hope to capitalize on their skills. The spin twin of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who have been enemies together for years, pose a serious threat to the English batsmen as India is expected to play the ‘spin to win’ policy again. Much of the scoring responsibility will fall on Rohit Sharma’s shoulders, as Virat has opted out of the first two Tests.

Weaknesses India:

In the absence of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who have long been India’s mainstays in this format, the batting line-up looks a little inexperienced. The likes of Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer have big shoes to fill, and the sample space is too small to rely on them with certainty. India will be vulnerable in the sevens department as well, as Mohammed Shami’s pedigree with the red cherry is irresistible.

England

Powers

Since its inception, the ‘baaz ball’ approach has paid dividends for England and sent spectators into a frenzy. The much-discussed term was coined after his coach Brendon McCullum, known as ‘The Hawk’ in cricket circles. It represents the aggressive brand of cricket that the English Test team displays under the current team management, which is the opposite of the norm in this format of the game. Joe Root will play a key role in their batting wheel, while veteran and all-time legend Jimmy Anderson will carry their bowling baton. The ‘win at all costs’ mentality has yielded positive results for the Ben Stokes-led side, and time will tell if they can successfully implement the same ethos in this series.

Weaknesses

The English will have their work cut out for them as they face a test against Spin vs India. Barring Joe Root and to a lesser extent Ben Stokes, none of the English batsmen have had adequate experience of playing in Asia. On the bowling front, the spinners in their squad have no connection to international cricket. Jack Leach aside, it will be difficult for him to make a significant impact immediately.

Let’s take a look at the players who stepped up to achieve notable milestones in the series.

Batting

Joe Root is just 169 runs away from completing 19000 runs in international cricket.

Bowling

James Anderson needs 10 wickets to complete 700 scalps in Test cricket.

Ravichandran Ashwin is 10 wickets away from 500 wickets in Test cricket.

India vs ENG Test Series Schedule

1st Test: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad (January 25-29)

2nd Test: ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam (February 2-6).

3rd Test: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot (February 15-19).

4th Test: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi (February 23-27).

Fifth Test: HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala (March 7-11).

All matches are scheduled at St.

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