India, the No. 1 Test side, face fourth-ranked England in five-match Test series with the opening game starting on November 9 in Rajkot.
We take a look at some of the players from both sides who could prove to be the match winners for their respective sides.
India’s game changers
The hosts whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 at home with sterling performances from some of the players with the bat and ball.
The first name on the team sheet for any side will surely be that of the Indian captain Virat Kohli. The right-hander has been in some amazing form and that confidence seems to have carried forward into his captaincy as well after a slow start as India skipper.
Kohli started off the series against New Zealand, failing to make an impact in the first Test and the first innings of the second match. However, a 45 in the second innings at Kolkata was a signal of things to come.
Cricket followers are falling short of adjectives when it comes to describing Ravichandran Ashwin’s incredible form in the sport in recent times. It’s not a surprise then that Ashwin tops the bowling charts in the ICC Test Player Rankings.
The Indian off-spinner was on fire against New Zealand. Ashwin ended the three-match series with 27 wickets and two 10-wicket match hauls. The Kiwis had no answer to Ashwin’s guile and were made to pay dearly.
England’s trump cards
Meanwhile, England arrived in India after drawing a two-match Test series vs Bangladesh 1-1. Bangladesh beat England in the second Test to record their first Test win over the English. Despite what they would consider an unsuccessful series, English had many positives to take home.
Joe Root had a series to forget in Bangladesh but as they say form is only temporary and class is permanent. Root remains England’s most dangerous batsman and his wicket along with that of captain Alastair Cook would be the most prized ones for Indian bowlers.
Root managed just 98 runs in two matches against Bangladesh but did manage to score a half-century.