The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli will be returning to lead the team following his paternity leave has been one of the talking points as head of the home Test series against England. In his absence, Ajinkya Rahane led the team brilliantly to win the series in Australia. Former England captain Kevin Pietersen feels that the dynamic between Kohli and Rahane – who will go back to being vice-captain – will make for an interesting narrative during the upcoming Test series.
During a chat on Star Sports, Kevin Pietersen said, “Kohli, Anderson, Ajinkya Rahane, how’s he going to go, being captain in Australia and then coming back and Kohli, how’s that dynamic going to work? It’s going to be a very interesting dynamic. I think that might be, something that is talked about a lot during this series.”
Pietersen also opined that there were many factors and players to watch out for during the Test series between the two sides, but singled out the Kohli-Rahane dynamic as the one that may be the most interesting story.
Elaborating the same, Pietersen said, “I think there’s going to be a very interesting story that’s going to run through this series – Kohli comes back as captain after Ajinkya Rahane was so good in Australia. India’s got experience at home, they definitely do. They’ve got Kohli coming back….England has not taken their best team for the first two Test matches. India are definitely favourites. 100% they’re the favourites, because England haven’t taken their best team.”
Former England cricketer Dominic Cork talked on the same lines as Pietersen that India is most likely to come out on top.
Elaborating his point of view, Cork said, “I think India will win the series. I think England are in a better place now. England just beating Sri Lanka will help and having the likes of Stokes, Archer and Burns back in the squad will help but I still think that India are too strong and will win the series.”
India and England will be locking horns with each other for the first Test in Chennai from February 5. The second match will also be played in Chennai, with the sides travelling to Ahmedabad for the final two games.