Virat Kohli Top Run Scorer
Both these sides were without key players in their last series, with the hosts notably missing their skipper Virat Kohli after the first test.
The Indian captain went a calendar year without an international century for the first time since 2008 and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, and Joe Root in managing a ton in their first innings of 2021, and we’d back him to do just that.
Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer will add further impetus to England’s attack, though competition for places remains fierce with Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson showing no signs of slowing and with an impeccable record in Asia, even without Jonny Bairstow for the first two tests.
India To Beat England
It’s no secret that India love playing here in Chennai, where they remain unbeaten in the 21st century, winning their last three tests here, two of which came against England, and the most recent coming by an innings and 75 runs back in 2016.
While England are on an impressive run of just one defeat from their last 11 tests since the beginning of last year, this is arguably the strongest side they have faced since the beginning of that run, and with India going W4-D1-L1 in home series against England, we’d expect them to carry over their momentum from the Gabba here.