The Indian cricket team took a clean drubbing losing all four tests, three one dayers and one T20 match when they last visited England in 2011. That team had Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag.
In the present team, only three players have the experience of playing in England – Dhoni, Gambhir and Ishant Sharma. But the present team has current super stars like Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and others. Will they prove themselves better than the last team? The fact that the English team just took a drubbing from the Srilankan team and lost a test series is one morale booster for the visitors.
Star Indian players should be ready for the encounter as they are fully rested being kept away from the recent tour of Bangladesh. On the last two tours of England and New Zealand, there were complaints that India was not given any time to adapt to the weather conditions, This time, the team will have two weeks time before the first test, and two three-day practice matches, giving them ample chance to test all players in the middle.
All eyes will be on Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Pujara, Dhoni, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who have had a dream run in the recent tourneys.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt and WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Ishwar Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Pankaj Singh, Varun Aaron, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Leicestershire: Ramnaresh Sarwan (Capt), Matthew Boyce, Nathan Buck, Josh Cobb, Ned Eckersley, Ollie Freckingham, Anthony Ireland, Jigar Naik, Niall O’Brien (WK), Angus Robson, Charlie Shreck, Greg Smith, Scott Styris, James Sykes, Rob Taylor, Shiv Thakor, Michael Thornely, Tom Wells, Robbie Williams, Alex Wyatt.