India vs England: Shardul Thakur needs to maintain his rhythm and attitude to stand a chance for Test debut
For the last three seasons in first-class cricket, no fast bowler has bowled more deliverers than Thakur. He has also spent six weeks in England with India 'A' side ahead of the Test series, factors that may go in his favour when India pick their playing XI.
India vs England: Test series a golden chance for Virat Kohli to exorcise ghosts of 2014, conquer English conditions
Unlike last time around, Virat Kohli has arrived in England a month before the first Test, he is familiar to the surroundings, the nature of the pitches and is aware what his team can achieve.
India vs England: Cheteshwar Pujara needs to be given unequivocal backing ahead of demanding Test series
Every single one of the 18 players is representing India and needs to be wholeheartedly backed and encouraged in the run up to the challenging Test series.
India vs England: Pace spearhead Mohammed Shami must repay skipper Virat Kohli’s faith against hosts
In Shami, India have found an old-fashioned fast bowler. He likes to present an upright seam, is almost always up for bowling the difficult overs, and loves to bowl for wickets.
There are some intangibles in life which separate the men from the boys, and right now, it looks like Jasprit Bumrah has a knack for those. Virat Kohli loves his fast bowlers, and he will be itching to unleash one of his strike bowlers onto the England side.
India vs England: Karun Nair's ability to play the ball late makes him an integral part of Virat Kohli's plans
Karun Nair as a batsman is a chip of the old block, classical, vertical-shot dominant and plays the ball late, making him an adept back-foot player. In England, where the ball moves both ways, and most times really late, his style will hold him in good stead
India vs England: How Kuldeep Yadav tackles challenges of longest format will indicate his evolution as a bowler
The five-Test series against England is a chance for Indian wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav to prove the fact that can continue to evolve as a bowler
India vs England: Test series an opportunity for Ajinkya Rahane to establish himself as lynchpin of visitors' batting unit
The upcoming five-Test series against England presents Ajinkya Rahane a wonderful opportunity to stamp his authority as India's most important player in red-ball cricket.
Umesh Yadav has been on the horizon long enough without having a significant impact. At the peak of his fitness time has come for the Vidharbha express to win India Test matches abroad with his sheer pace and skill.
India vs England: Dinesh Karthik could provide strength to visitors' struggling middle order with stability of technique and mind
Dinesh Karthik offers the stability of technique and mind that could potentially solve the problem, and additionally plug India’s red-ball wicket-keeper worries until the next generation is ready.
India vs England: 'Generational talent' KL Rahul must excel in maiden England tour to finally seal opener's slot
Rahul’s a generational talent who is touching his peak at a time when the Indian team is spoilt for choices at the top of the order, but the one thing that separates the good from the great is that the latter find a way to break the door down if the latch is shut
India vs England: Upcoming Test series a make-or-break one for Shikhar Dhawan and his red-ball career
Shikhar Dhawan is an asset in limited-overs cricket, but over five years, he has yet to make a real mark in Tests. This England series could be a make-or-break for his red-ball career.
India vs England: Upcoming Test tour presents Murali Vijay a chance to prolong his international career
While the England tour might not be a make-or-break tour, it will certainly give all of us an indication as to how long Murali Vijay has left in his international cricket.
India vs England: Ravichandran Ashwin, a perpetual student of the game, can make a difference for visitors
From the onset, Ashwin strikes you as a student of the game, eyes transfixed on how the batsman, bowler and the pitch are playing out this game of puppets.
India vs England: Upcoming tour a litmus test for Hardik Pandya to establish himself as an all-rounder in longform cricket
This is Hardik Pandya’s first full tour of England, and if his young but burgeoning career is anything to go by, he won’t clutter his head with expectations of “performing away from home”.