Indian players will have the opportunity to create and break records against England. The skipper who missed the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 will be channelizing his adrenaline in breaking records and slip India to the World Test Championship against New Zealand. All the Indian players have a promising 2020 with impeccable performance and contributions. Recently, India decimated Australia in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2021 with newcomers under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane.
Kohli and Pujara Can Break Sunil Gavaskar’s Record of Most Runs Against England at Home
Both Kohli and Pujara will be planning to break the record of Sunil Gavaskar’s most runs against England. In the last encounter with England in 2016, Virat Kohli scored 655 runs in the series, and Pujara scored 401 runs. Here are the players who have scored big knocks against England.
- Sunil Gavaskar (1331 runs in 22 tests)
- Gundappa Viswanath (1022 runs in 17 matches)
- Sachin Tendulkar (960 runs in 15 tests)
- ML Jaisimha (843 runs in 10 tests)
Virat Kohli has played 9 test matches against England at home and scored 843 runs, whereas Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 839 runs. Both the batsmen will be planning to break the retro record set by Sunil Gavaskar.
Virat Kohli Might Break the Record of Ricky Pointing’s Most Centuries
Virat Kohli will have another opportunity to break the record of Australia’s former captain Ricky Pointing. If the captain scores a century in the first test match, he will overtake Pointing in the list of most centuries by a captain in international cricket. Ricky Pointing has 41 centuries in 324 matches, whereas Virat Kohli has 41 centuries in 188 matches.
Cheteshwar Pujara Might Plan for Century too Against England
Cheteshwar Pujara was one of the key players against Australia in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. He faced the aggressive bowling line up of Australia even after various injuries and helped the team to decimate the rivals in their home ground. Pujara scored his last century in November 2019 against Australia. However, Cheteshwar Pujara will plan to score big runs on board and reclaim his dominance in the test match format.
Other Indian players such as Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravichandran Ashwin will also be the center of attraction in the first test match against England. Ishant Sharma, who is the most promising player for India, will look for early wickets to create pressure on the rivals.
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli (C), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem.
England Playing XI: Rory Joseph Burns, Dom Sibley, Dan Lawrence, Joe Roots (C), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, and James Anderson