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India vs England: Hardik Pandya Shares Pictures of Himself in Training at Chennai

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya took to social media to share a few pictures of him in training ahead of the first Test against the England cricket team in Chennai.

India vs England: Hardik Pandya Shares Pictures of Himself in Training at Chennai

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya took to social media to share a few pictures of him in training ahead of the first Test against the England cricket team in Chennai. India and England face off for a four-Test series starting with the first game at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Friday (February 5). India are coming after an incredible win in Australia, where they won 2-1 despite all odds. Numerous injuries, absence of key players, a 36 all out... they fought it all to emerge victorious. England, meanwhile, were busy clean-sweeping Sri Lanka 2-0. Iit's worth noting that India haven't lost a series at home since 2012.

"Back with #TeamIndia Back on home soil Back in red ball cricket," Hardik captioned the pictures on Twitter.

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The flamboyant all-rounder last played in a Test match all the way back in September 2018 - a match India lost by 60 runs in Southampton.

Hardik also had to undergo a back surgery last year and is yet to resume bowling long spells - a factor that saw him missing out on the recent Test series Down Under as well as play purely as a batsman during the white-ball leg of the tour.

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India have only failed to win two of their last 25 Tests at home, with one loss and one draw each. The case is no different this time - India will be firm favourites, especially in the form they arrive in.

England, though, will be no pushovers. They're the side that last won a Test series in India. They did lose a five-match series 4-0 in 2016, but the scoreline doesn't tell the full story. England competed hard and gave India a decent run for their money, but Virat Kohli's men were just too good.

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