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India will lock horns with England in the first game of the five-Test series at Rajkot on Wednesday. After whitewashing New Zealand at home in the previous Test, India will look to continue their domination against England as well and take advantage of the fact that they are currently at the top of ICC rankings. India s rise to number one Test team began last year by beating Sri Lankan side in their backyard and since then there has nothing stopped the side. Since the series is being held in India, the spin factor will definitely come into act and Indian spinners will be hungry for this big feast. England recently experienced some good spin bowling in Bangladesh, where they lost the second match and ended up sharing the series trophy. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs England, 1st Test at Rajkot

India, which is highly dependent on spinners, have selected some all-rounders as well in their side. England, on the other hand, are full of all-rounder and match-winners but they are yet to tested in such conditions. This is surely a kind of revenge series for India because it s been eight long years, since they tasted joy of a Test series win over England. After 2008, India were whitewashed by England in 2011, followed by a series defeat at home in 2012 and then similar fate in 2014 as well. As the first game of the three-match series is all set to kick start, let s take a look at the key battles, on which the result of the game will highly rely on.

Alastair Cook vs Ravichandran Ashwin: The last time England s captain Alastair Cook visited India in 2012, he had an excellent run as he scored 562 runs, which includes three hundreds as well in that four Test series. At that time, India s current ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was not at his best and has not reached to his peak, which led Cook to dominate against him but not much. In that series, Cook scored healthy amount of runs against Ashwin but fell on four occasions to him as well. Cook is overall a good player of spin but not to forget that Ashwin has a knack getting wickets of left handed batsman more often. He probably loves bowling to left-handers as his average against them is 11.92, which is surely very impressive. Expect Ashwin to be introduced early in the match if Cook remains alive at the crease after facing Indian pacers in the first spell. This entire series will be going to be a treat to watch, especially the battle between Cook and Ashwin.

Joe Root vs Ravindra Jadeja: After Cook, if there is someone England rely heavily, it is surely Joe Root, who has been the backbone of England s batting in last four years. Although, coming to the main topic of the battle between Root and Ravindra Jadeja, they played against each other in England, where pitched did not had much to offer in favour of the Indian spinner. Despite that, Jadeja dismissed Root twice and will be eyeing to better his record against him. On the hand, facing left-arm spinner is a bit like nightmare for Root because in the recent times, among the entire current English batsmen, he has got out to left-arm spinners very often as compared to others. Also, vice-versa to Ashwin, Jadeja loves bowling to right-handed batsman as his average of 15.88 against right-handed batsman suggests.

Ajinkya Rahane vs Stuart Broad: It was Ajinkya Rahane s ton at Lord s, which laid the foundation of victory in the second Test of 2014 Test series in England but later, things changed, he could not continue in the same way. After that, Rahane did not had a good run and batted poorly at an unimpressive average of 3.22, which includes no hundred after that Lord s one. Throughout that series, England pacer Stuart Broad troubled him and got his wicket on three occasions, which is the most by any English bowler against him. Broad would like to continue his domination over Rahane and will aim for the same by not letting him settle at the crease and making him uncomfortable in scoring runs. Also, Broad is a good bowler of short balls and Rahane has the tendency to throw away his wicket in such deliveries by going for the aerial shot.

Cheteshwar Pujara vs Moeen Ali: In the first Test of 2012-13 series in India, Cheteshwar Pujara set the tone of the series with his double ton and led his side to victory but soon things changed dramatically as the series ended in England s favour. Further, when India toured England in 2014, Pujara had a poor run as he averaged only 22.20, which included no hundred from him. In that tour, Pujara was troubled by almost every bowler, be it Broad, James Anderson, Ben Stokes, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan or Moeen Ali. All these bowlers got his wicket at least once in the series but he never looked comfortable against Moeen, who was the architect of the England s victory in that series. It s been more than two years since that series and both Moeen and Pujara has grew in their departments. With decent amount of experience, Moeen will look forward to make Pujara struggle again and not to forget that, he recently took a six-wicket haul in Bangladesh and Indian pitches will support spinners.

Haseeb Hameed vs Mohammed Shami: Haseeb Hameed is the new sensation in the English county circuit and has been rated very highly. This 19-year old boy from Lancashire, will be carrying high hopes for his team, not because he has been rated and praised quite a lot but it is because of him being the new partner to his captain Cook in the opening slot. He will try his best to do better in his debut but meanwhile, Indian pacer Mohammed Shami will look forward to make this young lad s debut forgetful by not sending him back to pavilion soon. It s a fact that Indian pacers will not get much overs to bowl in this upcoming and Shami has a good record of getting top order batsmen soon in the innings, so should expect some interesting battle between both these players.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with CricLife and CricketCountry.com. He can be followed at @abhik2593)