Team India, stung by the embarrassment of their series loss to South Africa in January, is motivated and ready to bounce back with greater vigour in the upcoming ‘major’ series.
Team India’s home dominance recipe is complete, yet all eyes are on the spin maestros Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, renowned nightmares for opposition teams touring India.
Even though Virat Kohli won’t be featuring in the first two Test matches for Team India, the batting lineup remains robust with stalwarts like Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal, and a settled middle order featuring KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Shubman Gill.
On the other hand, the England team’s recent performance, especially after adopting the much-discussed ‘Bazball’ strategy, doesn’t leave much to elaborate on. Their batters have shifted focus towards an attacking approach, steering away from defensive play.
While the Bazball strategy has yielded success globally, its application in Indian conditions remains uncharted territory. All eyes are on the English batters as they navigate this strategy, particularly against the star-studded Indian bowling lineup.
Apart from this, their squad is a mix of talents, and for the opening Test, they have made a surprising move by excluding pace spearhead James Anderson. The decision leans towards a formidable spin-oriented approach.
India vs England: Who Will Win the 1st Test Match?
With a history of home dominance and a strong lineup, Team India holds a clear advantage over England as they enter this game.
Notably, no team has managed to defeat India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Test matches, and they aim to maintain this stronghold.
IND vs ENG 1st Test Match Prediction: India to win the 1st Test against England
Scenario 1: India won the toss and batted first
- 1st Innings score: 300-400 Runs
- England’s probability of trailing the 1st innings score: 35%
- India’s chances of winning – 75%
- England’s chances of winning – 25%
Scenario 2: India won the toss and bowl first
- 1st Innings score: 200-300 Runs
- India’s probability of trailing the 1st innings score: 65%
- India’s chances of winning – 60%
- England’s chances of winning – 40%