Host India will be looking to maintain their dominance in home conditions when they take on England in the four-match Test series, starting from 5th February in Chennai. Virat Kohli makes his return to the Test squad after missing Australia series due to Paternity Leave.
For India, pacers Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav, middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari and spinner Ravindra Jadeja are ruled out of the series due to injuries. Bowling all-rounder Axar Patel has been named as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja, while Prithvi Shaw and T Natarajan are dropped from the Test squad.
On the other hand, England have decided to pick their full-strength squad for the first two matches of the series. Pacers Jofra Archer, Olly Stone and all-rounder Ben Stokes make their return to the Test squad. Rory Burns is also back after missing Sri Lanka series due to personal reasons. Joe Root will lead the side for the Test series against India.
Here are key figures and statistics related to India vs England 2021 Test Series given below as following:
122 Test matches played between India and England till now. England have the upper hand with 47 victories to their name, while India come out on top on 26 occasions. 49 Test matches have ended in a draw.
2012 was the last time England won a Test series in India. Alastair Cook-led unit registered a famous win in four-match series against India in 2012.
218 runs needed by England all-rounder Moeen Ali to complete 3,000 runs in Test cricket. Left-hander has accumulated 2782 runs in 60 Test matches at an average of 28.97, which includes five centuries and fourteen half-centuries to his name.
252 runs needed by England opener Dominic Sibley to complete 1,000 runs in Test cricket. Dominic Sibley has scored 748 runs in 14 Test matches at an average of 35.61, which includes two centuries and three half-centuries.
19 runs needed by England off-spinner Moeen Ali to complete 200 wickets in Test cricket. Currently, Moeen has claimed 181 wickets at an average of 36.59 with five five-wicket hauls to his name.
430 runs required by Indian captain Virat Kohli to complete 2,000 runs against England in Test cricket. In 19 Test matches, Kohli has scored 1,570 runs at an average of 49.06 with five centuries and five half-centuries to his name.
161 runs needed by Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara to complete 1,500 runs against England in Test cricket. Pujara has accumulated 1,339 runs in 18 Test matches at an average of 44.63 with five centuries to his name.
297 runs needed by England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler to complete 1,000 runs against India in the five-day format. Buttler has scored 703 runs in 11 Test matches at an average of 43.93 with one century and five half-centuries to his name.
23 wickets needed by Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to complete 400 wickets in Test cricket. Currently, Ashwin has accumulated 377 wickets in 74 Test matches at an average of 25.53 with 27 five-fors and 7 ten-fors to his name.
3 wickets needed by Indian pacer Ishant Sharma to complete 300 wickets in Test cricket. The 32-year old has claimed 297 wickets in 97 Test matches at an average of 32.39.
21 wickets needed by Indian spearhead Jasprit Bumrah to complete 100 wickets in Test cricket. Currently, Bumrah has taken 79 wickets in 17 Tests at an average of 21.59 with five five-fors to his name.