India vs England 1st Test – 5 England players who can pose big threat for Virat Kohli’s team India: The English team landed in Chennai from Sri Lanka on Wednesday to face one of the toughest challenges in cricket — defeating host India in a four-match Test series. The first of the two Tests in Chennai gets underway on February 5.
Ahead of the opening Test, we take a look at the top five England players who can pose a big threat for Virat Kohli’s team India:
Joe Root: England skipper Root rediscovered his mojo against Sri Lanka and was batting on a different level and seemingly different pitches to everyone else as he scored big centuries in both Tests, including a double in the first. He was the driving force with innings of 228 in the first Test and 186 in the second and India will be definitely worried about Root’s superb form.
The southpaw is lethal with both bat and ball and not to forget his heroics in Ashes when he single-handedly won the Headingley Test with his unbeaten 135 and kept England alive in the series.
With his aggressive demeanour, the 29-year old can be expected to be ruthless in his approach and it is worth mentioning that he is a good player of spin. Hence, India will be wary of the threat Ben Stokes will pose.
Stokes has so far played five Tests in India in which he has scored 345 runs, which includes a century. He also has eight wickets in his kitty including one five-wicket haul.
Jofra Archer: Like Stokes, Archer was also rested for Sri Lanka series and now the pacer will be raring to go. Archer will bring something to the table with his pace, especially on slower wickets. Rather than stumps, Archer targets body of batsmen with his lethal bouncers, hence, he will be the dangerous bowler to deal with.
He will be playing his first Test match against India, which makes him more tricky to play as India will be unwary of the threat that he poses with red ball. Moreover, Archer will himself be more than desperate to leave a mark in Chennai.
Jack Leach: Left-arm spinner Leach claimed 10 wickets in the two-match series against Sri Lanka and is expected to play a key role in India as the track in Chennai is expected to be very dry and hard due to heat and it will more or less support spin. Due to the heat, cracks are also seen on the pitch which helps the spin bowlers. Hence, Leach will aim to benefit from the conditions in Chennai and put India on backfoot.
Notably, Leach bagged a brilliant 5-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in Galle and he will be eyeing to continue his good form. Like Archer, he will also be playing his maiden Test against India and can surprise the hosts with his turn.