India has lost the previous three test series against England together with a 1-2 loss at home in 2012-13.
Rajkot: Top-ranked India can look to settle previous scores by unleashing their spinners on a fragile-looking England once the first test of a five-match series begins in Rajkot on Wednesday.
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England were the past team to success a test series on Indian soil after they came from behind to triumph 2-1 in 2012, however India are presently enjoying a formidable run.
Talismanic captain Virat Kohli has scored 2 test double centuries this year and has led his aspect to four series wins in a very row when taking up the billet in 2015.
Recent victories, together with a whitewash of New Zealand, haven’t solely dimmed recollections of 3 consecutive check series defeat to European country — in 2011, 2012 and 2014 — however conjointly whetted India’s appetency for revenge.
Their prospects are boosted by the recent sparkling form of Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the second fastest bowler to achieve two hundred wickets throughout India’s 3-0 demolition of the Black Caps.
The off-spinner can look to use an England batting line-up that struggled on slow and low pitches throughout their recent tour of Bangladesh that saw them lose a test to the minnows for the first time.
Ashwin could be a sensible bowler. He uses his variations all right, particularly the method he approaches the crease. He is continually trying to assaultive and outfoxes a batsman, earlier England star Kevin Pietersen said the cricketer magazine.
Alastair Cook’s men, fourth within the world rankings, were slow down to size by young Bangladeshi spinner Mehedi Hasan who bagged nineteen wickets from the 2 games last month.
The second test upset conjointly reminded England of shortcomings in their own spinning department however Cook aforesaid he was assured that Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and novice Zafar Ansari would deliver, despite simply having a hundred and five wickets between them.
England have conjointly brought back 39-year-old Gareth loopy whereas Pakistan nice Saqlain Mushtaq is there to mentor the spinners as they confront a formidable Indian batting line-up.
Mushtaq is probably going to possess a chilled impact in a very dressing room, and Cook believes his aspect can make a comeback from the Bangladesh defeat and
Their pace department will suffer from the absence of Jimmy Anderson, England’s incomparable top wicket-taker with four sixty three scalps, who has improved from a shoulder injury however not in time for the first test.
India has some shrewish considerations at the highest of the batting order. Despite attempting out 5 totally different combos in their last fourteen Tests, India has done not post a century opening partnership.
With disjointed openers Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul dominated out of the first 2 Tests, selectors are fast for brand spanking new mixtures.
Coach Anil Kumble said India wouldn’t be weighed down by recollections of their last encounters with England, demand recent type was additional necessary.
The Rajkot match is followed by Tests in Visakhapatnam, Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai.
England: Alastair Cook (Captain), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav