Alastair Cook is on the cusp of a test record as England captain. Hameed Haseeb is on the precipice of a test debut. If the India vs. England test series starts Wednesday, those milestones will go into the records.
England is coming off an embarrassing loss in Bangladesh, but skipper Cook is aiming for yet another records. Already the most capped player for England (135 caps), and the leading test scorer (10,688 runs), he will break the record he shares with Mike Atherton as England test captain when he leads the team for the 55th time.
File photo of Alastair Cook. Reuters
England is the only foreign team to win a test series on Indian soil — in 2012-13 — since Australia in 2004-05, and has beaten India in three consecutive series.
"We can only look forward to what we can do in the future," India skipper Virat Kohli said. "We want to win series, and we want to win test matches."
Now that the first test between India and England is upon us, here are the profiles of all the players playing in the five-match Test series.
Starting with the 15-member Indian team,
Virat Kohli - India vs England: Virat Kohli will look to redeem himself against old nemesis
Ravichandran Ashwin - India vs England: In-form Ravichandran Ashwin will aim to compound visitors' spin woes
Amit Mishra - India vs England: Amit Mishra will have to surpass himself to revive Test career
Hardik Pandya - India vs England: Can Hardik Pandya be the all-rounder hosts lacked since Kapil Dev retired?
Wriddhiman Saha - India vs England: Wriddhiman Saha's coming of age as a batsman will stand hosts in good stead
Ishant Sharma - India vs England: Ishant Sharma must fire for hosts to avenge 2012 home series loss
Jayant Yadav - India vs England: Jayant Yadav deserved Test call-up, but first team place may be still some way off
Cheteshwar Pujara - India vs England: Cheteshwar Pujara will look to finally make No 3 slot his own
Gautam Gambhir - India vs England: Gautam Gambhir's path to redemption begins but he can't afford slip ups
Ravindra Jadeja - India vs England: Ravindra Jadeja looks to step out of Ravichandran Ashwin's shadow
Umesh Yadav - India vs England: Umesh Yadav is gifted with pace, but will have to bowl with better control
Mohammed Shami - India vs England: Mohammed Shami looks for momentum after return from injury
Karun Nair - India vs England: Karun Nair looks to carry domestic success to international arena
Ajinkya Rahane - India vs England: Ajinkya Rahane's consistency makes him a pillar of hosts' middle order
Murali Vijay - India vs England: Murali Vijay will have to extend good record against visitors
England 15-member team:
Chris Woakes - India vs England: Tough tour a serious test of Chris Woakes' abilities
Ben Stokes - India vs England: Ben Stokes could be the talisman the visitors desperately need
Adil Rashid - India vs England: Adil Rashid can run through sides, but may also offer easy balls to score
Joe Root - India vs England: Joe Root has the skill to do well on Indian pitches
Ben Duckett - India vs England: Ben Duckett's chance to impress and gain valuable experience
Gareth Batty - India vs England: Visitors bank on improved Gareth Batty to stabilise spin department
Steven Finn - India vs England: Steven Finn not the bowler he could have been, but can still be a threat
Jos Buttler - India vs England: Jos Buttler can destroy opposition attacks, but has to show consistency in Tests
Stuart Broad - India vs England: Mercurial Stuart Broad key to visitors' success in James Anderson's absence
Haseeb Hameed - India vs England: In Haseeb Hameed, visitors have a solid, long-term prospect at the top of the order
Jake Ball - India vs England: Jake Ball has all the makings of a James Anderson, but isn't ready for lead role yet
Gary Ballance - India vs England: Struggling Gary Ballance fighting to vindicate selectors
Jonny Bairstow - India vs England: Jonny Bairstow's spark vital to visitors' slim chances of success
Zafar Ansari - India vs England: Zafar Ansari's left-arm spin provides visitors more variety
Moeen Ali - India vs England: Moeen Ali gears up to face toughest test of his brief career
Alastair Cook - India vs England: Alastair Cook will aim a repeat of 2012, both as batsman and captain
Click here to read profiles of other players involved in the India-England Test series.
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