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England vs India Preview:How quickly can tables turn in sport? A fitting example is India’s rare, gigantic defeat at Chennai – only their second rout at home in more than eight years. Not a month has passed since the warriors, battered and bruised, were welcomed to the flashiest cheers, the most gleeful hoots, with the utterly esteemed badge of “Demolishers of the great Gabbatoir” stamped over their chests. And following the scarcely believable, once-in-a-lifetime script that etched India’s name into the cricketing folklore for eons, came a rude awakening. That it came in the advantageous precincts of home conditions, added only more offense. Foolish, however, it would be to write such spirited men off, who did the unthinkable in most of their ablest soldiers’ absence. Test matches are often won and lost in the first two days. Having allowed their opponents to bat two days and over 190 overs, eventually leaking a lead worth 578 was enough to lay a foundation for them to script their 6th Test win on the trot in the subcontinent – a place Joe Root has been in love with. A batting performance far away from expectations intermixed with some masterful bowling performance on a deteriorated fifth-day track did the rest for England. Coming to the stakes of the second Test, Root wants his men to be ruthless: a template that Virat Kohli has never been a stranger to. While three of India’s last four home defeats in Tests have come against England, they will be well aware that none of those have been half as costly as the one at Chennai, when seen in the light of the tense atmosphere around the development of the World Test Championship. After quite some time has a team managed to bring some wrinkles of worry on the faces of India at home. While that might not be a pleasant change of status, the presence of some more humans than those who are officially a part of the game – 14,000 spectators are allowed inside – will certainly be one, come the second game.
Team News:Virat Kohli, quite evidently, hinted at how Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar lacked the bite with the ball. With Axar Patel regaining complete fitness after his knee injury and getting a green signal for selection, India is certain to exclude Nadeem. Skipper Joe Root confirmed the return of Stuart Broad in the side for the second Test, however, the visitors will be without the services of Jofra Archer due to his elbow discomfort. Jos Buttler, who is set to miss the remainder of the series, will be swapped with Ben Foakes, whereas owing to England’s rotation policy, Olly Stone is expected to fill in for James Anderson. Dom Bess, who looked off-color in the previous game, might pave way for Moeen Ali.
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Match: India vs England
Series: England tour of India, 2021
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021 – Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Time: 09:30 local / 04:00 GMT / 09:00 PST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai