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After the young turks stupendous performance  in the tumultuous victory in Down Under in their own backyard recently, the India-England series gets curious.  Now, with the arrival of seniors into the act, the equation changes.  The indian team think-tank cannot gloss over the veritable claims of the debutants in the all assuming England series at home.

The host of Indian youngsters personified an unflappable mind, meaning that they ultimately marched to a historic triumph at the Gabba. Unsurprisingly, a lot of positive furore surrounded the victory.

In the light of the above circumstances , the upcoming series against England has been looked upon as an assignment that the Men In Blue should simply win. After all, isn’t that what the Indians almost always do against the Three Lions, especially at home?

Nevertheless, the rubber against England also offers plenty of fringe players a chance to prove that their heroics Down Under weren’t just a flash in the pan.

The opponent, the Pommies after a roaring success in Srilanka in their backyard recently cannot be taken lightly especially their Captain Joe Root’s tons of runs and other players chipping in including their spinners Dom Bess and Jack Leach.  And their ace spinner Moeen Ali joining the ranks poses a serious challenge to the Indians.  Their veteran speedsters, James Anderson and Stuart Broad  and Jofra Archer are raring to have a go at Indians.  With the workload management task in force with England team management, it is to be seen what will be their final XI.  The video clippings of ECB media team of the fielding rigours of English men at Chepauk ground speaks volume of their serious preparations .

The indian dispensation should start with the opening slot batsmen.  Of course Rohit, the senior pro gets a nod and the young Gill with a gritty performance in Australia should be an automatic chance to open with Rohit.   The bulwark Pujara, King Kohli ,  Phlegmatic Rahane form the fulcrum of the middle order batting.  With Pant firing all the cylinders in the recent outing at Australia, there shouldn’t be any thinking by the team management to retain him and of course his glovework still circumspect and hope he improvises his wicket keeping especially in the turning tracks of India.  And the exuberant all rounder Hardik Pandya will be a good choice, though he’s not ready to bowl now.

And the Bowling attack will be strengthened with the arrival of lanky Ishant sharma,effervescent Bumrah,  the ace spinner Ashwin who’s to lead the spin department in the absence of Jadeja, and the other spinner will be a toss between the greenhorn Washington Sundar, who proved his mettle with both cherry and willow in his debut match and Axar Patel or Kuldeep yadav.  

And India is hosting an international match in the aftermath of Covid-19 pandemic after nearly a year will be interesting to witness sans spectators at least for the first Test at Chepauk, Chennai , starting on 5th Feb.2021.  All the eyes are on the pitch with the new curator V. Ramesh Kumar who promises a green top.  And with the opening of I, J and K stands the full stadium is available and it seems the second test being played again at Chepauk may see 50% of the capacity of 40,000.  

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