Adil Rashid could be lethal in the Indian conditions    Getty Images
Adil Rashid could be lethal in the Indian conditions Getty Images

With England all set to commence the five-match Test series against India in their own den, both the team s are gearing up for the high-voltage encounter. England are undoubtedly one of the best Test sides in contemporary cricket but India have been unbeatable at home in the recent times. Indian have used spinners as their primary weapon and they have delivered on most of the occasions, especially Ravichandran Ashwin. India recently whitewashed New Zealand in the three-match series and are oozing with confidence at the moment. England will certainly have the fear of spin threat rolling over their head and rightly so as Indian spinners have done a commendable job in the recent times. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot

England have the likes of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid in the spin artillery; though Indian spinner are heavy weights; at the same time English spinners can punch above their weight and make a name for themselves. Rashid has been a prolific wicket taker in the First-Class circuit and is well capable of pulling it off at the greatest level. Rashid is primarily a leg-spinner and a handy batsman lower down the order. Though leg-spinners’ have not enjoyed a great run in the Indian subcontinent, Rashid is a canny bowler and with the tracks being more spin-friendly, Rashid can excel in this series. With England trying to strengthen their bowling, Rashid have to fight hard to cement his spot in the side. Indian batting has a lot of right-handers, which makes the presence of Rashid pivotal as he will get the ball to move away from the right-handers.

Rashid is a smart leg-spinner; he gets his stock delivery to turn while also possesses a lethal goolgy, which he delivers without any considerable change of action. He was not up to the mark in Bangladesh as he had seven wickets to his name in two innings but he seemed to be learning with every international outing. On the contrary, he is a handy batsman lower down the order and has done well in taxing conditions. In fact, his contributions in the first Test against Bangladesh helped England stage a comeback. ALSO READ: India vs England 2016: Gary Ballance s time to balance middle-order; justify selectors faith

Trevor Bayliss rates Rashid highly and has often spoken highly about him. Bayliss was quoted in a report from saying, Look, it s only been the very, very best leg-spinners who have got the control and consistency and ability to take wickets. I think Rash is still on a journey there and he s still improving. But it s a luxury for us to be able to have a leg-spinner in the team who s quite capable of taking three, four or five wickets in quick succession if and when he gets things right. He s getting more and more confident. A couple of times during this match he bowled without a deep point. That s the first time that s happened. When we were in the UAE last year, the first thing he wanted was a few guys back, and especially at point. But he was more confident that he wasn t going to drop a short one outside off stump on this occasion. I expect that once upon a time the spinners weren t thought of as getting to their peak until their early thirties, so he s still got a bit to learn yet. But I think he s on the right track.

Rashid was instrumental in Yorkshire s success; he made an impact in his debut game itself. He made his First-Class debut against Warwickshire in 2006 at Scarborough. He scalped six wickets and stunned everyone with his astuteness and artful leg-spin. Rashid also trained under the watchful eyes of Terry Jenner, which was a part of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) programme to promote wrist-spinners. He was also ranked highly by ECB coach David Parsons. He was productive in domestic circuit and in 2006 he was also reckoned as the most talented young leg-spinner in the country by Parsons. Rashid hogged the headlines for his splendid run in U-19 matches against India in 2006. He smashed a career defining ton and chipped eight wickets to leave everyone stunned. He also changed his action due to stress fracture. Virat Kohli keeping it simple remains biggest asset for Indian run-machine

Rashid did a tremendous job in his first game in whites for England. He justified his selection when he ran through the Pakistani batting line-up It all in the first Test against Pakistan in 2015 in Abu Dhabi. Rashid produced a beauty with his five-wicket haul in the second innings and steered his side to a good position and a winning chance as England were hunting a mere target of 99 runs. But the bad light played the spoilsport as the match ended in a draw.

In this series, Rashid can well provide the impetus and exploit the conditions to his advantage. England will be banking highly on him and Moeen as they are the only established spinners in the side. Both the bowlers can hunt in pairs and considering India s vulnerability against spin, Rashid certainly stands a good chance. Apart from his bowling, Rashid can also chip in with some priceless runs and provide some serious depth to their batting line up. He is a more correct batsman than to be called a tail-ender. He has played just 5-Tests so far and picked 15 wickets, this series is undoubtedly a great chance for him to show what he is made of and stamp his authority in this format. He could well cement his spot in the Test side and make his case strong in the Test side.

(Suraj Choudhari is a reporter with CricketCountry. He is an avid follower of the game, and plays the sport at club level. He has a radical understanding about the subtle nuances and intricacies of cricket, and tries to express it through paper and pen.)