Team India will host England for a five-match Test series, kicking off on Thursday (January 25) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. It will be a crucial series for both sides to progress in the ongoing World Test Championship cycle.
While the English side will miss the services of young batting sensation Harry Brook, the hosts will play the first two matches in the absence of star batter Virat Kohli.
In this article, we will take a look at the strongest playing XI India can field to take on the England side:
Openers: Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal
Rohit Sharma will continue to do his part in the longest format. He failed to contribute much with the bat in the Test series against South Africa. Hence, he would be eager to get back into scoring form in red-ball cricket.
The veteran batter has good numbers on the home soil and once again, he will be a vital key for the Men in Blue’s success. To accompany him, Yashasvi Jaiswal is the front-runner without any second thought.
Jaiswal has been impressive in his short international career so far. He has featured in four Test matches so far and scored 576 runs at an average of over 45, including a hundred and a fifty.