England vs India five-match Test series in 2021 will be first Test series in the WTC 21-23 cycle to kick off this time. Indian team will be playing a match after a period of 42 days, post WTC 2021 final loss to New Zealand. In the last 3 Test series India haven't been much impressive on the England soil and this time India would like to change their history by having a fiery team in their side. While England team is expected to play both Stuart Broad and James Anderson and attack this Indian top-order batting line-up, it will be interesting to see how India will face the swing bowling of English cricketers in these conditions.
Stats and milestones that can be achieved in 1st Test match
14: Last time India won a Test series in England was 14 years ago in 2007. Post that India lost Test series to England by 0-4 in 2011, 1-3 in 2014 & 1-4 in 2018.
1: Joe Root needs 22 more runs to become the highest run-scorer for England in International cricket.
3: James Anderson needs 3 more wickets to be the 3rd highest leading wicket-taker after Muralitharan and Shane Warne in Test cricket.
3: Moeen Ali needs 3 more wickets to pick 300 International wickets for England.
4: Ishant Sharma needs 4 more wickets to pick 50 Test wickets on England soil.
5: If India wins the first Test match then Virat Kohli will become most successful Asian captain in SENA conditions.
Most Test matches won in SENA conditions as captain:
Virat Kohli - 4
Javed Miandad - 4
Wasim Akram - 4
5: Ravichandran Ashwin needs 5 more Test wickets to surpass Harbhajan Singh and become the 3rd highest leading wicket-taker for India after Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev.
5: James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali - all 3 bowlers have dismissed Virat Kohli 5 times in Test cricket overall.
During 2012-14, James Anderson dismissed Virat Kohli 5 times in Test cricket but since 2016 James Anderson has never dismissed Kohli in Tests.
7: Virat Kohli needs 125 more runs to become 7th player to smash 23,000 runs in International cricket. Other six players who have smashed more than 23,000 runs in International cricket are Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis and Mahela Jayawardene.
15: Ravindra Jadeja needs 15 more runs to complete 2000 Test runs.
16: Ajinkya Rahane needs 16 more runs to become 16th Indian player to score 8000 runs in International cricket.
27: If England wins the first Test match then Joe Root with 27 wins will become the most successful captain surpassing Michael Vaughan's 26 Test wins as captain.