The No.1 Test team, India will take on England in the first Test on Wednesday, 9th November at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. It will be a long tour for India as they will play 3 ODIs, 5 Tests and 3 T20s against English team at home. The match will start at 9.30am IST and will broadcast live on Star Sports network. Indian bowlers will definitely test English batsmen after succumbing in the second Test against Bangladesh spinners. Let’s have a look at India vs England 1st Test match prediction, preview and teams squad.
India will look to win the five-match Test series against England and current Test form is exceptional. This series will be the biggest challenge for Virat Kohli as a captain so far. Kohli’s captain is good and team India has defeated Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand under his captaincy. But England is a tough team and pressure will be on the Kohli to perform well.
The English team performance against Bangladesh was not as expected but we should not forget that England is the only team who has won Test series on Indian soil by 2-1 in 2012.
On the other hand, India and Virat Kohli is in good form. He recently scored Test double century and whitewash New Zealand. Rohit Sharma is ruled out of the series due to an injury to his upper thigh during the ODI series. This means, debutant Karun Nair or Pandya might get a chance to play at Rajkot.
The Indian off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin is in career best form and became the second fastest bowler to reach 200 wickets against Black Caps. He will look replay his performance against England as all know that English team struggling on spinning track.
India vs England 1st Test Match Prediction
It’s a clear scenario where the Indian Cricket Team is in Great Form with the likes of Ashwin being the headache for the opposition batsmen and Virat Kohli, Rahane and Pujara working as the Spine of the Batting order. The visitors has to produce something special to take down India on their home soil. So, as per our prediction, India will start the series with win.
Indian Test Team Squad : Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Gautam Gambhir, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Karun Nair, Murali Vijay, Md. Shami, Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya
England Test Team Squad : Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.