India are unbeaten in last 13 Tests at home. The Test series begins in Rajkot on Wednesday and promises big things for the Virat Kohli-led unit who are coming on the back of a 3-0 series whitewash against New Zealand.

It promises to be an engrossing contest between the world No.1 ranked India and the team that last beat them at home four years ago.

2 - Only two of those scalps have come outside England, with Broad having struggled to make an impact on his three previous Test outings in India.

Hameed (62no) helped England to 114 without loss in a session of batting up to stumps on day four in Rajkot, for a lead of 163 after they had bowled the hosts out for 488 despite a defiant 70 from Ravi Ashwin.

'Talking to [Lancashire coach] Ashley Giles and the selectors and people who are a very good judge of a player, it's probably come a year earlier than he'd have thought, but that's just the way he's developed quickly.

"We needed to take advantage of what was a pretty good pitch today", Root said.

James Anderson will miss at least the first test as he continues his recovery from injury.

Four years later, a team comprising of younger players is playing an aggressive brand of cricket that has taken India to the number one spot on the Test rankings.

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Kohli would be extremely keen to improve his not-so-impressive record with the bat against the visitors.

The danger is if the team really believes him (and often, what is spoken in team meetings is very different from what is said at press conferences) and goes into a match thinking the opposition holds all the aces.

"I guess a lot of things are meant to be and the fact it is here against India, in my parents' home state, the way it has fallen into place is incredible". But going by former India captain Sourav Ganguly, he won't be the game-changer. After his debut at Trent Bridge against Australia in 1964, Boycott became a fixture at the top of the order and was still churning out runs by the time he reached his 100th Test against the same opponents at Lord's 17 years later.

"Gautam Gambhir played really well in the second innings of the Indore Test and he is a experienced player so I am sure he will be looking forward for this opportunity and also the youngsters like Karun Nair and Hardik Pandya, whoever gets to play".

However, the moment the Indian cricket board's chief curator, Daljit Singh, made his entry at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Monday, the colour of the wicket started to change. After Hameed, who was then 18, had scored 91 for Lancashire against Surrey in September 2015, Giles said: "He just loves batting and he does not give it away, which are great attributes to have".

Three spinners, or two? India will treat Moen Ali with a lot more respect and seriousness because of the impact he had on the series the previous time they encountered.

It would be interesting to see whether he's preferred over Umesh Yadav to partner Mohammed Shami.

India opted for a four-bowler attack during the New Zealand test series, and could aim to do the same again.


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