Virat Kohli's men are set for the five-Test match series against England in England at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham. England won the toss and opted to bat first.
Cheteshwar Pujara failed to registered their spot in the playing XI while Ravichandran Ashwin made a superb comeback by breaking opening partnership of England.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s exclusion from the first Test came as a surprise despite his superb form in recent era.
The 30-year old Pujara is regarded as one of the best overseas Test batsmen for India. In 58 Tests, he has scored 4,531 runs at an average of 50.34 with 14 hundreds to his name
Indian fans including foreign media creating a lot of pressure on Virat Kohli.
It is well known fact that Indian skipper Virat Kohli's performance against England in England in year 2014 was not good. It was just like a nightmare. Kohli managed just 134 runs in five matches during his maiden Test series in England in 2014, which India lost 3-1 with one draw.
Virat Kohli will be desperate to prove he can score runs in England in the opening Test match.
India (Playing XI):
England (Playing XI):
Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root(c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow(w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson