PHOTOS: India's 6 key players for England Test series

Rajkot will be the venue for the series opener against the Alastair Cook-captained team. Next Wednesday (November 9), both sides will face off.

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Bengaluru, Nov 4: In less than a week's time, India will be back on the field in their whites to face England in Rajkot. The Virat Kohli-led side is high on confidence as they gear up for the 5-Test series.

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Having already started the home season with a 3-0 clean sweep over New Zealand, India will be keen to extend their domination. This is a long season with 10 Tests to be played including the contests against England.

After this series, Australia (4 Tests) and Bangladesh (1 Test) will arrive in India.

Rajkot will be the venue for the series opener against the Alastair Cook-captained team. Next Wednesday (November 9), both sides will face off.

Here we look at India's 6 players who are likely to make a big impact in the England series.

Virat Kohli

India's captain Virat Kohli will again be the cynosure of all eyes. He is the team's number one batsman. He is the prized wicket for the opposition. On current form, Kohli is expected to lead India's run tally.

Ravichandran Ashwin

India's number one spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is expected to torment the English batsmen in the five-match series. With pitches expected to assist spin, he will be itching to bowl.

Ajinkya Rahane

Middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane is one of the key players for India. Despite his recent failings in the ODI series against New Zealand, he is the one to watch out for in the Test matches. He has proved his worth in the longer format.

Ravindra Jadeja

Along with Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja is India's spin weapon. The duo of Ashwin and Jadeja shone with the ball against New Zealand and the pair is set to impress again. Amit Mishra has to wait for his chance to break this partnership unless India decide to play 3 spinners.

Mohammed Shami

Kohli had heaped praise on Mohammed Shami after his showing in the New Zealand Test series. The right-arm paceman, with senior partner Ishant Sharma, will share the fast bowling responsibilities.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara improved his strike rate during the New Zealand series and hit a century in the 3rd and final Test in Indore. At number 3, he is a vital cog in Indian batting wheel.

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