India vs England 5th Test – The Best Indian Playing XI to face England

The BCCI has named the Indian Team selection for the rescheduled one-off Test against England, which was canceled last year because of the COVID epidemic. This year’s Test will begin on July 1st at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium. Pujara has been called back to the Indian squad for this Test after making some impressive innings in the County Championship 2022.

Senior hitter Ajinkya Rahane, on the other hand, has been dropped due to his consistent bad record in both formats of the game. According to the score of this Test series, India is on the offensive, leading the series 2-1.

In this article, we are going to talk about the BEST Indian Playing XI to face England.


KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma open the innings


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KL Rahul, a senior Indian batter, made his Test debut for India against Australia on Boxing Day in 2014. Since then, he has had some good batting performances for India in the longest format of the game.

He also had some impressive batting performances in the first four matches of India’s series against England last year. Rahul bats in all eight innings of the four-Test matches, scoring 315 runs at a batting average of 39.38 and striking one century and one-half century.

Following Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as leader of the Indian National Team in all formats, Rohit has been chosen captain in all forms. So far, Rohit has had a pretty successful Test career. Rohit has collected 3137 runs with a great average of 46.13 in 77 innings in 45 matches, hitting 8 hundred and 14 half-centuries.

Based on his performance in the first half of this series against England, Rohit is still the series’ second top run-scorer, trailing only former English captain Joe Root. Rohit has 368 runs after batting all eight innings of four Test matches with an impressive average of 52.57, hitting one century and two half-centuries.


Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant  solidify the middle order


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The guy who was struggling for form throughout the Test series against South Africa was on the verge of being dropped. For his dismal form, he had to deal with critical eyes and harsh comments from cricket gurus. But, with his outstanding performances in the County Championship, Pujara has put an end to the period of criticism he was experiencing.

Pujara earned a call back to the national squad for the remaining Test match against England after accumulating 720 runs in 8 innings of the county championship with an average of 120. Pujara again performed admirably in this indecisive Test series.

When former Indian captain and batting legend Virat Kohli takes the field against England in this Test match, everything will be different. We say this because he was the skipper in the first four Tests of the series against England last time, but this time he will only be a batter for India.

Nobody is unfamiliar with Kohli’s stellar Test career, in which he has played 101 Tests. He has appeared in 171 innings of these 101 matches, scoring 8043 runs with a batting average of 55.7 and accumulating 27 hundred and 28 half-centuries.

Iyer made his Test debut against New Zealand in November of last year. Since then, he has played four Test matches for India, putting forth some outstanding performances. Iyer’s bat has been consistent throughout all versions of the game.

Since his debut, the lad has participated in 7 innings of the 4 Tests he has played, scoring 388 runs with an excellent batting average of 55.43, including a century in his maiden match and three half-centuries. He has persuaded management that he deserves to bat first.

Rishabh Pant, a young batting sensation from Haridwar, made his Test debut for India against England in the Nottingham Test in 2018. Since then, he has wowed fans and cricket experts alike with his progress and incredible performances in the traditional style of the game.

Pant has played 30 matches thus far, appearing in 51 innings. He has amassed 1920 runs with an impressive average of 40.85, hitting four hundred and nine half-centuries. Pant’s wicketkeeping skills have also improved over time, which was the source of his criticism.


Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin come in as the all-rounders


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Ravindra Jadeja, a senior all-rounder, made his Test debut against England at Nagpur in 2012. He has played 59 Tests since then, putting in some excellent performances with both the bat and the ball. He has scored 2396 runs with the bat in 87 innings of 59 Tests, with an average of 35.76, hitting two centuries and 17 half-centuries.

Jadeja, on the other hand, has bowled in 112 innings of these matches, taking 242 wickets at a bowling average of 24.44 and an economy rate of 2.43. However, he struggled in the earlier half of this Test series against England. He has only scored 160 runs in seven innings of four Tests at an average of 22.86, with one half-century to his credit.

One of India’s all-time great all-rounders, whose selection and exclusion from the team became a contentious topic under the tenure of former Indian Team Management. Ashwin made his Test debut in 2011 against the West Indies in Delhi under former Indian captain MS Dhoni.

Since then, he has astounded everyone with his all-around performances in the game’s longest version. Ashwin has taken 442 wickets in 162 innings across 86 matches, with a bowling average of 24.13 and an economy rate of 2.77. In his Test career, he has 30 five-wicket hauls to his name.


Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Umesh Yadav form the bowling attack


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Shami earned his first Test appearance against the West Indies in Kolkata in 2013. With his excellent bowling performances since then, he has diminished his relevance for India in Tests. Shami has bowled in 112 innings in 59 Test matches, taking 214 wickets at a bowling average of 27.05 and an economy rate of 3.28.

Jasprit Bumrah made his international Test debut for India against South Africa in Capetown four years ago. With his incredible skills and bowling tactics, he has been unstoppable and unplayable to hitters in Test cricket since then.

Bumrah has bowled in 56 innings of the 29 matches he has participated. Having played more than 70% of his Test career away from home, the youngster has 123 wickets at an impressive average of 21.73 and an economy rate of 2.65. In his career, he has eight five-wicket hauls.