Rohit Sharma and Ben Stokes in Focus as we look at the India vs England 1st Test playing 11 and full squad list 2024.
Call it the clash of the captains, Rohit Sharma vs Ben Stokes, or the world’s best batters, Joe Root vs Virat Kohli, or the world’s best pacers, Jasprit Burmah vs James Anderson, or the world’s best all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja vs Ben Stokes, we are going to witness an epic battle as India and England take on each other in a 5-match epic Test series.
The 5-match Test series, which also happens to be a part of the 2023-25 World Test Championship will see the 2nd rank Team India competing with 7th rank England. While the ranks are definitely on the contrasting side, the England team can’t be taken lightly by any means. The team is filled with quality players, and if the ‘Bazball’, for which the England team is notoriously famous works well, there’s no stopping then.
But before we get with the series, the most important question for India and the England team is the selection of their strongest playing 11 on paper. With conditions suiting spinners more than pacers, it would be very interesting to see what combination does both teams adopt. So, as we wait for the match to begin, let’s in the meantime, look at the India vs England 1st test playing 11 and official squad details.
India vs England Match Details:
Tournament: England Tour of India 2024
Type: 1st Test
When: Jan 25-29 // 9:30 am IST onwards
India vs England 2024 Official Squad List for 1st & 2nd Test:
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli & Yashasvi Jaiswal
WKs: Dhruv Juel, KL Rahul & KS Bharat
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja & Ravichandran Ashwin
Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj & Mukesh Kumar
Team India’s Playing 11
Ahead of Team India’s first Test match between India and England, there has been news spreading around that KL Rahul won’t be keeping in the Test matches, and instead, a specialist keeper between KS Bharat and Dhruv Jurel will be keeping. If it’s true, this move will let KL Rahul play as a specialist batter, and if and when Rishabh Pant is back, he will anyway donn the wicket-keeping duties ahead of anyone.
With KL Rahul playing as a specialist batter, unfortunately, Shreyas Iyer is the only name in the team that will have to keep out. It’s really unfortunate for Shreyas, who has been really good on Indian pitches, but to accommodate a wicket-keeper and KL Rahul, he will have to miss out. There’s one more option for India to play Shreyas Iyer 3 in place of Shubman Gill. But that move looks unlikely for now.
Aside from the above change, Team India are most-likely to play 3 spinners and 2 pacers for the first Test match. While spinners should comprise Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Axar Patel, the pacers should comprise Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. India can also think of playing Mukesh Kumar in place of Axar Patel. But that move looks unlikely for 1st Test match.
Overall, for India, a lot will be expected from Rohit Sharma, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Shubman Gill. With Indian conditions in place, these guys will get the maximum opportunities to do well. All three are quality batters, and can play long innings. Similarly, England will be lurking the RR threat. Both Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are monsters on Indian pitches, and India would want them to continue their form.
India vs England 2024 1st Test Playing 11 for the Indian Team:
Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah & Mohammed Siraj
India vs Eng 2024 Official Test Squad List for England:
Batters: Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Joe Root, Ollie Pope & Zak Crawley
WKs: Ben Foakes & Jonny Bairstow
All-rounders: Ben Stokes & Rehan Ahmed
Bowlers: Gus Atkinson, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, Shoaib Bashir & Tom Hartley
Talking about England’s playing 11, the main question will be the selection of two spinners. Jack Leach is most-likely to be the primary spinner. But for the second spinner, England have a few options in the form of Shoaib Bashir, Tom Hartley, and Rehan Ahmed. Of the three, Shoaib Bashir seems to be the best spinner to complement Jack Leach.
India vs England 2024 1st Test Playing 11 for the Eng Team:
Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Ben Stokes (c), Harry Brook, Jonny Bairstow, Shoaib Bashir, James Anderson, Mark Wood & Jack Leach.
Top Fantasy Players 11 for India vs England 1st Test 2024
Batters: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma & Joe Root
Wks: Jonny Bairstow
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Ben Stokes, Ravindra Jadeja & Ravichandran Ashwin
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Jack Leach & Shoaib Bashir
CVC Choice: Ravichandran Ashwin & Ravindra Jadeja
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