Last time when India visited England, they clinched the series. Since then much has changed. India have become World No. 1 in Tests and are also the World Champions. England, on the other hand, have also come a long way. They have won The Ashes, and the World T20 and have currently beaten Sri Lanka. So when India and England clash this time, there will be many mini battles within the contest. CricketNDTV.com takes a quick look:
India have been World No. 1 in Tests for almost two years now. England are now challenging their reign. If England beat India in two Tests, they will become the new No. 1. Although currently in third position on the table, Andrew Strauss's team will leap above South Africa and India to take top position if it finishes the series 3-1 or 2-0 or better.
England have been projecting their Graeme Swann as the main weapon. Swann's rise to No.1 spot in ODI rankings might not be directly related to Tests, but it would have certainly boosted his confidence. Indian batsmen, on the other hand, are traditionally good players of spin. Not many spinners have been able.
India's most experienced pacer Zaheer Khan has been England skipper Andrew Strauss's nemesis. Zaheer has a great record against the southpaw, getting him out four times out of six during the 2007 series. Although, Strauss did well in the warm up match, it certainly will be a contest to watch out for.
These two players personify flamboyance. Both have the ability to destruct the opposition single-handedly, but they have a different contest between them. During England's tour to India in 2008, Yuvraj troubled KP with his slow bowling and claimed his wicket more often than not. So frustrated was KP with Yuvraj that he called him a 'pie-chucker'. Yuvraj took it with a pinch of salt and said that this time he's going to "throw some more pies at him and others around him". We'll have to wait and watch who has the share of the pie.
Now this is the battle of captains. Both MS Dhoni and Andrew Strauss are known to be calm on field. However, both have their style of leading a side. While Dhoni likes to attack, Strauss likes to be in a safe situation before going for the kill. It will be interesting to see how these two skippers shepherd their teams.
Last but not the least, the coaches. Before becoming India's coach, Duncan Fletcher's last international assignment was with the England team. However, the team Fletcher coached was quite different from the current one. Andy Flower, Fletcher's compatriot and England's current coach, would want to do better than his senior. Let's see what these two masterminds bring to their respective tables.
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