1. Rohit Sharma
His experience will be extremely useful in the middle to tackle the likes of James Anderson & Stuart Broad with the new ball. He is also a good slip catcher which is an essential skill to have especially in England where the ball comes & carries to the slip cordon more often than not.
2. Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal has stepped up as a result of Shubman Gill has been ruled out due to injury. The Karnataka batsman is almost expected to start the innings alongside Rohit Sharma in the first encounter of the five-match series against England.
3. Cheteshwar Pujara
Undoubtedly “The Wall” of the team & the architect of many successful run chase on the back of which India finished as runners-up in the WTC final. He has been the highest run-scorer for India against Australia in Australia in 2018 & 2020.
4. Virat Kohli (c)
Kohli is the world’s best batsman at the moment & one of the greats ever to have played the game. The passion & infectious energy he brings onto the table is one of the main reasons India has become the team to beat in all formats of the game.
5. Ajinkya Rahane(vc)
He has shown his true grit many times, the latest was a classy century against Australia in Melbourne after a humiliating loss in Adelaide & led the team successfully after the departure of Virat Kohli for the birth of his first child. Along with his classy batting, he is an exceptional slip catcher, especially to the spinners.
6. Rishabh Pant(wk)
Earlier, he used to be trolled for his wicket-keeping skills but now he has improved considerably & has become a player who can represent the country for more than 10 years & may even be the captain in the near future.
7. Ravi Ashwin
India’s best off-spinner as per stats with 413 wickets in 79 matches at an average of under 25, Ravi Ashwin is just mind-boggling. His batting is often underestimated. Mind you he has 2685 runs at an average just below 28 with 5 hundreds. Not bad at all for bowling all-rounder.
8. Shardul Thakur
In a country where there is abundant talent but lacks the talent of producing quality fast bowling all-rounders, he is the best option for overseas conditions, especially this tour. He is a proper swing bowler, can swing with the new as well as the old ball & can bat lower down the order as well.
9. Mohammed Shami
The man who looked the most deadly in the WTC Final is a sure shot because of his ability to seam the new ball as well as reverse swing the old ball which may come in handy on this tour vs England. He is one of the few bowlers in world cricket who gives in his 100% no matter what the result is going to be
10. Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma is the only out & out fast bowler who has played 100+ Test matches for India, that is a huge achievement in itself. With 306 wickets in his kitty, his experience of playing in England would be extremely handy. He is the highest wicket-taker for India in England, taking 43 wickets.
11. Jasprit Bumrah
The best white-ball bowler of India for a while now, Jasprit Bumrah has tasted success in Test cricket as well, taking 83 wickets in 20 matches. However, going wicketless was one of the major reasons for India not winning the WTC final. With his unique action & short run-up, he troubles the world’s best batsmen quite easily.