The England team has arrived India for the Test series and T20 matches. But the battle will begin only after three warm-up games. On November 15, the visitors will play the first Test against the hosts. But just in case you were planning give it a miss for various festivals, here are 10 reasons why you should be a couch potato when MS Dhoni and Alastair Cook lock horns. (AP & AFP Photos)
The Sachin factor: This India-England series might be ‘The Chosen One'. During an interview earlier this month, the master batsman said he would reassess his future in November. Will he or won't he, and when will he take ‘That' decision? Follow the Test series for those answers.
Revenge: Yes, our hearts ached when India lost the series 0-4 against England in 2011. While we avenged the ODI series defeat last year it self, the revenge will not be complete till India beat them in Tests.
Kevin Pietersen's comeback: After much drama and discussions, the obvious happened. Kevin Pietersen is back in the side after he was dropped from the side for texting derogatory messages to the South African team against his English teammates. He would be hungry to prove a point or two and reinstate his value to the team. That means the cricket lovers are in for some mouth-watering batting treat.
The Pie-Chucker is back: We don't know if Yuvraj Singh will make it to the Test squad, but given his form and performance in the domestic matches, he might just make the cut. In case he returns, we will have the famous Pietersen-Yuvraj contest. Great pals off the field, on-field they take the rivalry to a new level.
scape from T20 overdose: Do you know who won the Champions League T20 and who finished as the runners-up? If you have the ‘Don't-Know-Don't-Care' syndrome, then you are certainly suffering from an overdose of T20 cricket. And what better way to cure it by going back to the purest form of cricket.
Can MS Dhoni get his touch back: After the back-to-back overseas defeat against England and Australia, questions were raised over MS Dhoni's Test captaincy, with many cricket pundits asking him to give up the job or India go for different captains for different formats. Dhoni has a chance to end from where it started a year back and show that he still has that Midas touch.
See what's ‘Cook'ing in England camp: While Dhoni is eyeing a revival, England have a new Test captain. After the retirement of Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook has been appointed as the new captain and it will be interesting to watch if he can carry forward the legacy.
Misfiring Indian openers: Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag form one of the best opening pairs for India. But that reputation has taken some beating in the last couple of years. In the last two years they haven't put a century stand. It's time they restored the magic and gave India what they call a solid start.
No Wall, No VVS: The Indian Test team lost two of its stalwarts – Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman this year. And while India played a Test series in Sri Lanka after their retirements, it will be different playing England without them.
England in search of a series win: They visitors have not won a Test series in India in almost three decades. Can they break the jinx this time?
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