Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

Jul 31, 2018, 16:00 IST
  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    Ever since the retirement of Virender Sehwag and in the absence of Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay has been India’s rock. Murali Vijay has sound technique and a cool temperament and likes to pace his innings. Murali Vijay has a very good record outside Asia and how he tackles the new ball pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad will go a long way in shaping the outcome of the series

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    India’s other opener in the squad, Shikhar Dhawan, is at an interesting phase in his career. When Shikhar Dhawan gets going, there are only a few who can match him. But, Dhawan’s Achilles heel has been his record outside India.  During the 2014 tour of England, Dhawan was dropped after first three matches. Shikhar Dhawan will need to perform as per team requirements and be accountable

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    India’s new wall i.e. Cheteshwar Pujara is a notable batsman, who generally takes his time and then capitalises. Pujara, like so many sub-continental players, struggles away from home (only hundred outside of Asia, 2013 vs South Africa at Johannesburg). Cheteshwar Pujara with his experience in County cricket and a composed attitude could play a major role in the series if he nails the basics and doesn't succumb under pressure

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    Karnataka batsman KL Rahul has been in the rich vein of form and would be very hard to keep out of the playing eleven. KL Rahul has an attacking approach. He has been in and out of Indian Test due to various reasons. KL Rahul scored his maiden hundred in his second Test match at Sydney in 2014 and if he gets going then Indian team would be off to a good start

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    Indian captain Virat Kohli is this generation’s numero uno batsman and over a period of time has become one of the finest Test cricketers ever. Virat Kohli’s game plan is to put pressure on the opposition and then dominate. Virat Kohli’s record in England is quite poor though (134 runs in five matches at an average of 13.40), but knowing Kohli, he would come out all guns blazing. For India to win in England, Virat will need a one of his finest shows in Tests

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    India’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s career seems to be at crossroads.  Not too long ago, Rahane scored runs in South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia (hundreds in Australia (Melbourne), New Zealand (Wellington), England (Lord's) 96 at Durban}. But much has changed since then. Ajinkya Rahane was dropped for the first two Tests in South Africa. Rahane just needs some confidence and must trust his game in order to come out of this rough patch

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    India’s 'spare' batsman in the side Karun Nair might not get much game time apart from injury and other reasons. Karun Nair has a triple century under his belt (303* vs England, Chennai, 2016) and is more than a handy replacement in case of an emergency

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    Dinesh Karthik is playing this series due to an injury suffered by Wriddhiman Saha. Karthik made his debut in 2004 and recently played against Afghanistan at Bengaluru. Dinesh Karthik works hard at his game and will need to perform to the best of his abilities in the five-match summit. Dinesh Karthik’s wicketkeeping needs to go up a few notches and his contributions at No 6 would count a lot if India go for a five-bowler approach. Incidentally, Dinesh Karthik is the lone member of the Indian squad when India last won in England in 2007

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    Delhi wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been named in the squad as a reserve wicket-keeper. Rishabh Pant has a lot of potential and could cement a position in keeping in the Indian team in the future. Rishabh Pant likes to attack and being the part of this squad will do his game a world of good

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    India’s only seam bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya comes with a lot of expectation. After a decent series vs South Africa, Pandya will have to take responsibility and convert his potential into performance. One thing working in Pandya’s advantage is the confidence Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have in him. But Hardik Pandya will need to perform and play fearlessly cricket - something that he knows alot about

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    India's ace off-spinner R Ashwin is one of the highly ranked bowlers in world cricket and has been India's go-to bowler in the last 5 years (quickest to reach 300 Test wickets in terms of matches). Ashwin's performances in India and overseas are like chalk and cheese and the Tamil Nadu offie knows this. With England having an unexpectedly dry summer, Ravichandran Ashwin would be required to do the bulk of the bowling and shed the tag of being a master on 'rank turners'

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    Saurashtra born all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has come a long way since his under-19 days. Ravindra Jadeja might not be a big turner of the ball but he bats, bowls and fields with great enthusiasm and positivity. Ravindra Jadeja will be more than willing to take on the role of a signature spinner should he be selected in the playing XI

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    India’s most experienced bowler Ishant Sharma (Test debut in 2007) is on his third UK tour and will be looking for perfect execution in the series. Ishant Sharma is not ranked amongst the fastest bowlers but understands his limitations and is a total team player. When India last won a Test match in England at Lord’s in 2014, Ishant Sharma bagged 7/74. In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant will be the leader of the pace attack

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    India’s quickest bowler in the squad, Umesh Yadav’s career has been plagued with inconsistency and lack of focus. Umesh Yadav bowls with genuine pace and can cause trouble even on flat tracks with his reverse swing. Umesh Yadav needs to up the ante and play to his full potential and talent

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    The past six months or so have been difficult for Mohammed Shami on and off the field and this has undoubtedly affected his performance on the field. When on a song, there are just a few who can run through a batting order like him. Mohammad Shami can be India's trump card if he gets his rhythm early on tour

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  • Meet Virat Kohli's boys who suit up for battle against England

    From T20 specialist to a Test prospect, Jasprit Bumrah has risen in international cricket quite quickly. Jasprit Bumrah is out of the first Test at Edgbaston due to injury, but once he recovers, he could make it to the playing XI. Jasprit Bumrah is a quick learner and enjoys the confidence of Virat Kohli and coaching hierarchy

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    Shardul Thakur has been one of the leading wicket-takers in the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai in recent years and just by being on the tour of England, Thakur can grasp as much as he can in order to improve his game in the coming years

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    India’s new spin sensation Kuldeep Yadav is in the limelight and for all the right reasons. After picking fifers in T20 and ODI matches on the tour, Kuldeep Yadav is expected to make the playing eleven. Kuldeep Yadav has variation in his bowling and will have to use it in a smart manner. The Uttar Pradesh lad has to be patient and learn on how to build pressure in Test matches in order to taste success in England

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About The Gallery

Indian team is gearing up for five-match Test series against England starting August 1 at Edgbaston. Virat Kohli doesn't like to take a backward step and believes that India has to start winning overseas to be really counted as a No 1 ranked Test team. Here's a compact analysis of India's 18 men squad who have been selected for the first three Test matches

 

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