India vs England, 2021: India’s journey in the second edition of the World Test Championship is all set to kick-off as they take on the mighty English in the latter’s backyard for a five-match Test series. Despite being phenomenal throughout the tournament they had to rue a disgruntled conclusion to the opening edition of the fray after a woeful loss in the finale to New Zealand.
Despite the series happening in England, India will have a slight psychological advantage as England will be without the likes of a few key players with Ben Stokes being the latest addition to the long list. The last time England and India collided with each other, India humbled the Three Lions emphatically with a rip-roaring turnaround despite a defeat in the opening Test of the series.
However, the last time these two teams squared off in England, India had to suffer a humiliating shellacking against the formidable English side walking away with a 4-1 victory. Despite having the advantage, things won’t really be easy for India with a questionable faring from their batting line-up in the past few series.
The Indian batting line-up has been characterized by a few questionable performances, especially from the likes of their most reliable pillars, Kohli, Rahane and Pujara. Rohit Sharma has been a silver lining in the otherwise cloudy sky while Rishabh Pant has displayed promise with the willow. Barring the occasional bursts of brilliance from these two, India had to rely on moments of individual brillianc
However, with all said and done, no rubber is won on the paper and history plays a very minimal role in defining the upshot of a game. It will all boil down to the character of the Indian cricketers on the field with the opening bout slated to happen at Trent Bridge.
India vs England: Test series live on which channel?
Sony Six, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 4 will be broadcasting the live telecast of this glamorous Test affair in India and in the remainder of the sub-continent that will include the likes of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka. The Test series will also be streamed live on their digital platform Sony Liv.
Cricket zealots in England will be able to witness the event live on Willow TV. In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports Cricket has bought the rights to televise this bilateral extravaganza. It has also bagged the free-to-air rights package that will enable them to telecast the daily highlights of the international matches in India.
SuperSport has got the right to televise the series in South Africa while Fox Sports will be televising the series in Australia. Similarly, Fox Sports has an OTT platform called Foxtel which has its own app that will enable you to stream the matches on Foxtel channels.
Sony Ten 3 will have Hindi commentary for the series while Sony Ten 4 will have Tamil and Telugu with Sony Six being accompanied with English, Bengali and Malayalam for the commentary.
India’s Squad for the England series:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Suryakumar Yadav (yet to join), Prithvi Shaw (yet to join)
England’s squad for the England series:
Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton
India vs England: Schedule of Test series:
India vs England, 1st Test, 4–8 August 2021, Trent Bridge, Nottingham – 03: 30 PM IST
India vs England, 2nd Test, 12–16 August 2021, Lord’s, London – 03: 30 PM IST
India vs England, 3rd Test, 25–29 August 2021: Headingley, Leeds – 03: 30 PM IST
India vs England, 4th Test, 2–6 September 2021: The Oval, London – 03: 30 PM IST
India vs England, 5th Test, 10–14 September 2021: Old Trafford, Manchester – 03: 30 PM IST