IND vs ENG: 3 Indian Players Who Can Make Their Test Debut

Updated - 02 Jan 2024, 12:52 PM

India team, IND vs ENG
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The IND vs ENG series will be an exciting Test series that will entertain cricket fans at the start of 2024. During England tour of India 2024, India and England will lock horns in 5 Test encounters. The IND vs ENG 1st Test will commence on January 25 in Hyderabad.

The IND vs ENG Test series will conclude in March. The 5th Test will begin on March 7 in Dharamsala. Hence, the Test series will hover in the minds of cricket fans for almost two months.

Team India is currently busy with the Test series against South Africa, which they trail 1-0. One more Test will take place in the series. England is not busy in any cricket tournaments currently and is preparing for the away Test series against India. They have also announced their squad.

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India has only featured in two Test series in ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 (WTC 2023-25) cycle. They defeated West Indies 1-0 in the first series and are now facing Proteas in a Test series. The Rohit Sharma & Boys will need to showcase their might in England series to improve their position in WTC points table.

Notably, IND vs ENG Test series might also feature some youngsters in the India squad, who can make their debut in longest format. Ranji Trophy 2022-23 witnessed outstanding performances by many players who can get a chance to feature in Tests for India. Here we discuss 3 Indian players who can make their debut in IND vs ENG Test series.

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IND vs ENG: 3 Indian Players Who Can Make Their Test Debut

3. Avesh Khan

Avesh Khan
Avesh Khan (Image Credit: BCCI)

Avesh Khan is the first player who can make his debut in IND vs ENG Test series. The right-arm pacer has replaced Mohammed Shami in the squad for the upcoming 2nd Test against South Africa.

However, he is unlikely to make his debut with India trailing 1-0 in the series. Hence, Avesh Khan might get an opportunity in the Test series against England. The Indian team is scheduled to play 5 Tests against England.

Therefore, Khan is highly likely to make his debut in one of the games. With 38 wickets in 8 games in the last Ranji Trophy season, Avesh Khan finished as the highest wicket-taker for the Madhya Pradesh team.

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2. Ruturaj Gaikwad

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: BCCI)

Ruturaj Gaikwad is another Indian player who can make his debut in IND vs ENG Test series. The right-handed batsman was part of the squad for the Test series against West Indies in August. However, he did not get a chance to make his Test debut.

The opening batsman has done a wonderful job in the few T20Is and ODIs so far. He recently finished as the leading run-getter in the five-match T20I series against Australia in November. Gaikwad also led a young Indian team to victory in Asian Games 2023.

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1. Sarfaraz Khan

Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sarfaraz Khan was a fabulous batter in Ranji Trophy 2022-23 season. With 3 tons in 9 tons, he became a highlight of the Mumbai team in the tournament. At an average of 92+, Khan mustered 556 runs across 9 innings.

His performance was so loud that some experts also batted for his inclusion in the Australia Test series in March. However, the 28-year-old was not picked for Australia series. Sarfaraz Khan was also part of the recent Test India A vs South Africa Test series.

The wicketkeeper-batsman mustered 102 runs in 2 innings with 1 half-century. After his good show, Sarfaraz Khan might get an opportunity to play his first Test in the forthcoming IND vs ENG Test series.