ENG v IND: 5 things to look forward to in the upcoming Test series

ENG v IND: 5 things to look forward to in the upcoming Test series

The question is, who'll have the last laugh in the ultimate hurdle of the series- India or England?

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Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli celebrates with his teammates. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

The India-England rivalry has always been a treat for the beholders, more so when the cricketing action is taking place in the lush green backdrop of the latter country. This time around, in 2018, the upcoming 5-match Test series will mark the culmination of a fiercely competed couple of months-long series. The question is, who’ll have the last laugh?

As of now, the India Tour of England is poised delicately with India having bagged the T20I series and England having subsequently sealed the 5 ODI stint. Given India’s forgettable outings in the longest format of the game in English conditions in the past decade or so, the onus is on Virat Kohli‘s men to grab the elusive title. Amidst all this excitement, there are plenty of things to watch out for in the next one month.

1. Mohammad Shami’s comeback

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

India’s premier pacer, Mohammad Shami is all set to make a comeback into the international cricketing foray after what can be called a short sabbatical. His last appearance for his national side was earlier this year, against South Africa at Johannesburg where his scintillating 5-wicket haul in the second innings of the test match ensured that India won the third test of the series which they lost 2-1.

Since then, Shami has had a rough year owing to disputes with his wife coupled with a road accident in March 2018 that resulted in a head injury. Now that he’s been drafted into the Indian test squad for the upcoming games against England, the feisty pacer must be raring to go and this is his chance to prove his mettle. On India’s part, the team is in dire need of the services of a quality pacer like Shami.

The England pitches haven’t exactly aided the pacers this time and the fact that the major chunk of wickets scalped can be credited to the efforts of the likes of Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Kuldeep Yadav, is indicative of the lack of firepower in the pace department. Shami, who has 5 dismissals to his name on England soil from the 3 matches of the 2014 Pataudi Trophy that he played, will be looking to make an impressive comeback and help India’s cause.