Virat Kohli returning to the Indian squad following his paternity depart has been one of many speaking factors within the build-up to the home Test series against England. While Kohli left Australia after the primary Test in Adelaide, Ajinkya Rahane marshalled the squad brilliantly and led the workforce to return again from a sport down and win the series. Former England captain Kevin Pietersen feels that the dynamic between Kohli and Rahane – who will return to being vice-captain – will make for an attention-grabbing narrative through the four-match contest in opposition to England.
“Kohli, Anderson, Ajinkya Rahane, how’s he going to go, being captain in Australia and then coming back and Kohli, how’s that dynamic going to work? It’s going to be a very interesting dynamic. I think that might be, something that is talked about a lot during this series,” Pietersen mentioned on Star Sports’ present Cricket Connected.
Pietersen mentioned there have been many components and gamers to be careful for through the conflict between the 2 sides, however singled out the Kohli-Rahane dynamic because the one that could be essentially the most attention-grabbing story through the collection.
“You have got Jofra Archer, can he knock over Pujara? Bumrah’s back… there are so many different permutations that could happen in this Test series, but I think there’s going to be a very interesting story that’s going to run through this series – Kohli comes back as captain after Ajinkya Rahane was so good in Australia.”
Pietersen additionally marked India as “100 per cent favourites” to win the collection, saying that England “haven’t taken their best team”.
“India’s got experience at home, they definitely do. They’ve got Kohli coming back….England has not taken their best team for the first two Test matches. I think Johnny Bairstow has to be there and I don’t think he’s going to be there. India are definitely favourites. 100% they’re the favourites, because England haven’t taken their best team or they’re certainly not starting with their best team,” Pietersen mentioned.
Former England cricketer Dominic Cork additionally agreed with Pietersen that India are probably to return out on prime.
“I think India will win the series. I think England are in a better place now. England just beating Sri Lanka will help and having the likes of Stokes, Archer and Burns back in the squad will help but I still think that India are too strong and will win the series,” Cork mentioned.
India and England will kick off the collection in Chennai on February 5. The second match may even be performed in Chennai, with the perimeters travelling to Ahmedabad for the ultimate two video games.
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