The England Lions are playing three Test matches on a tour in India. The Indian side returned strongly after their poor batting performance in the first innings of the unofficial Test, and the match ended in a tie. Sai Sudharshan (97), who just missed a well-earned century, and wicketkeeper-batter KS Bharat (a magnificent hundred) were the main drivers of India's batting comeback.
With his incredible century, KS Bharat has a better chance of making the Indian playing eleven for the forthcoming first Test match against England. India need to do this because they want to remove KL Rahul from the wicketkeeping role. Rahul Dravid, the head coach, has been pushing for Bharat's participation in Test matches despite his past batting struggles, thus this century is a good start.
The standout India wicketkeeper was impressive, showing skill on both sides of the wicket. He scored nine of his fifteen boundaries against spinners, most of them went to the on-side. However, Bharat's centenary celebration has also made news. Before the January 22 Pran Pratishtha ceremony at the Ayodhya Temple, Bharat dedicated his tenth first-class century to Lord Ram.
Watch the video below:
KS Bharat dedicated his hundred against England Lions to "Lord Ram".— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 21, 2024
- Bharat did bow & arrow celebration...!!!!pic.twitter.com/B13stcQBu7
Test series between India and England will commence on 25th January
In their previous meeting in 2021, India prevailed 3-1 in the series, despite England's early triumph in the first match. England is still unbeaten in Test series under Stokes and McCullum's leadership, and they are keen to win another series in India to secure their first victory since the thrilling 2-1 triumph in 2012.
Both sides are slated to play the opening Test of the series on January 25 in Hyderabad, where the series is set to begin. Furthermore, the third Test match is slated to begin in Rajkot on February 15 and the second Test match is planned to take place in Visakhapatnam on February 2. The fourth and fifth Test matches are slated to take place on February 23 and March 7, respectively, at Ranchi and Dharamshala.