Team England have won the toss in Chennai ahead of the first Test match and they have elected to bat first. As far as the team news is concerned, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is back to his regular captaincy duties after becoming a proud parent on January 11 this year for which he was granted a paternal leave by the BCCI.
Ajinkya Rahane is back to his vice-captain’s position and so is Rohit Sharma. The team management has continued with the opening pair of Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma who gave India solid starts in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia where team the Men in Blue scaled a historic comeback.
India vs England 2021: 1st Test, Chennai- Toss Report
Team England have won the toss in Chennai ahead of the first Test match and they have elected to bat first. Cheteshwar Pujara maintains his spot on the third spot, followed by Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane as the number four and number five. The team management has gone ahead with Rishabh Pant as the regular wicketkeeper-batsman in place of Wriddhiman Saha.
Latest updates say that Axar Patel has been ruled out of the first Test match after suffering a knee injury and Washington Sundar can make his Test debut on Indian soil. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has still not been picked and Shahbaz Nadeem has made his debut. Ravichandran Ashwin has also been guaranteed his place in the side as the number one spinner. Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are the two pacers that the BCCI has reposed faith upon.
India’s Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Shahbaz Nadeem.
England’s Playing XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson.
India and England Begin The Clash Tomorrow Onwards
The Indian Cricket Team and England will begin their long-awaited series from Friday, with the first Test of the four-match series being played at Chennai. The Men in Blue will move to Ahmedabad after the first two Tests to play the final couple of Tests and the five-match T20I series at the newly-built Motera Stadium.
The three-match ODI series will then be played entirely at Pune. The Test series will be of great importance for both the teams as it will decide who joins New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Test Championship.