It’s time for the Men in Blue to make amends for their past horrors

                           Team India in ireland

With Virat Kohli and co all ready to settle scores against the Three Lions, the England tour is certainly going to turn up the heat when the teams lock horns this summer. The honeymoon phase is well over for the India cricket team as they prep themselves up for the upcoming challenge.

While the Indian team seems to be brimming with confidence coming on the back off recent success, Virat Kohli’s men will face an uphill task given their poor record in the country. The Men in Blue would be praying to end their jinx in England and would hope for an improved performance this year.

The last time the tricolour won a Test series in England was in 2007, before that in 1986 and prior to that in 1971, which was their maiden victory. This clearly implies that a series win is overdue. And having been absolutely decimated in the last two tours 3-1 (2014) and 4-0 (2011), the Indians will be aiming to all guns blazing in an attempt to silence the critics for good.

In addition to this, the Indians will be without the services of off-spinner Washington Sundar who sustained an injury in Ireland whilst playing football during the mandatory practice session. He has been replaced by Krunal Pandya and Axar Patel in the T20I and ODI squad respectively.

Teams

Indian squad for T20I series: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (Wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

Indian squad for ODI series: Virat Kohli (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav

England squad for T20I series: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Dawid Malan

England squad for ODI series: Eoin Morgan(c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, Jake Ball

* The Test squad for both the teams are yet to be announced.

Fixtures

England vs India, 1st T20I

Jul 03, Tuesday

Old Trafford, Manchester

England vs India, 2nd T20I

Jul 06, Friday

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

England vs India, 3rd T20I

Jul 08, Sunday

County Ground, Bristol

England vs India, 1st ODI

Jul 12, Thursday

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

England vs India, 2nd ODI

Jul 14, Saturday

Lord’s, London

England vs India, 3rd ODI

Jul 17, Tuesday

Headingley, Leeds

England vs India, 1st Test

Aug 01, Wed – Aug 05, Sun

Edgbaston, Birmingham

England vs India, 2nd Test

Aug 09, Thu – Aug 13, Mon

Lord’s, London

England vs India, 3rd Test

Aug 18, Sat – Aug 22, Wed

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

England vs India, 4th Test

Aug 30, Thu – Sep 03, Mon

The Rose Bowl, Southampton

England vs India, 5th Test

Sep 07, Fri – Sep 11, Tue

Kennington Oval, London

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