India is hosting a home Test series after a long gap of a year and a half. The India vs England Test Series is all set to start in a bio bubble within closed doors and multiple rounds of COVID-19 testing. The first two matches of Ind vs Eng 2021 schedule will be held in Chennai and the next two is decided to be played in Ahmedabad.
Both the teams are scheduled to reach Chennai on January 27 and the series starts on February 5. Both the teams will be placed in the same hotel where they will be kept in a bio-bubble environment given the current COVID-19 situation.
Why the series is important
After the grand win against Australia, India is all set to clash against the mighty team of England and win the series. This much-awaited series is crucial for both the teams, especially India as it will place them in the top-two nations of the ICC World Test Championship League. Though the Indian team is currently at number one spot they will need to score at least 2-0 which will ensure they stay ahead of New Zealand and enter the final game at the Lord’s. Similarly, England has won the Test series against Sri Lanka and needs to score at least 3-0 to enter the ICC World Test Championship at Lord’s.
India England Schedule: Test
|1st Test||05-09 February||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||9:30 AM IST|
|2nd Test||13-17 February||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||9:30 AM IST|
|3rd Test||24-28 February||Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad||9:30 AM IST|
|4th Test||04-08 March||Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad||9:30 AM IST|
Ind vs Eng 2021 schedule: T20Is
|1st T201||March 12||Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad||7:00 PM IST|
|2nd T20I||March 14||Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad||7:00 PM IST|
|3rd T201||March 16||Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad||7:00 PM IST|
|4th T20I||March 18||Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad||7:00 PM IST|
|5th T20I||March 20||Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad||7:00 PM IST|
Ind vs Eng 2021 schedule: ODIs
|1st ODI||March 23||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune||1:30 PM IST|
|2nd ODI||March 26||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune||1:30 PM IST|
|3rd ODI||March 28||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune||1:30 PM IST|
Ind vs Eng Test 2021 Schedule: Squad
Both the teams have announced their squad for the first two Test matches of the series.
India: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Y Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Axar Patel, W Sundar, R Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep, Shardul Thakur.
England: Joe Root (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes (WK), Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns.
The BCCI Committee has also declared that it has selected five players as standbys and five other net bowlers.
Net Bowlers: Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Krishnappa Gowtham, Saurabh Kumar
Standby Players: KS Bharat, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar, Priyank Panchal.
Where to Watch Ind vs England Series?
Cricket fans can enjoy the game live on the Star Sports Network. OTT platform Hotstar will also live broadcast the series online.