Familiar rivals in unfamiliar territory: India v England series preview

Familiar rivals in unfamiliar territory: India v England series preview

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We preview the upcoming India v England Test series which comes on the back of an epic series win for India in Australia, and a very impressive win for England in Sri Lanka. While the teams prepare for fresh challenges in Chennai and Ahmedabad, they still have to contend with bio-bubbles, quarantines, injuries, and player rotation.

Talking Points

  • Context of the India-England rivalry over the years
  • The difference between perception of England’s performances in India vs their relatively impressive record
  • Covid impact on the series – bubbles, scheduling, grounds, player fitness
  • Unknowns around the pitches. Just two Tests in Chennai in the last decade. Revamped Motera.
  • England’s choice to rotate and rest players for a key series – what message does it convey and how could it affect the quality of their cricket?
  • How much should one read into England’s 2-0 win in Sri Lanka?
  • How hard will it be for for India – both physically and mentally – to move on from such an epic series win in Australia?
  • Ashwin’s fitness concerns, and England largely finding a way to tackle him home and away
  • How much would India miss Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja?
  • Possible team combinations for both teams
  • Would the standings in the World Test Championship have a say?
  • Predictions

Participants:

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Arj (@Cricvestigate)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

Related:

The Allrounders – 81allout podcast

Chepauk’s accidental curator – Nagraj Gollapudi – ESPNcricinfo

How Joe Root’s risk-free approach kickstarted the biggest year of his career – Tim Wigmore – The Telegraph

Likeable England face formidable India – Sky Sports podcast

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Lead image from Rediff.com


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