AHMEDABAD: Before the start of the T20I series against England, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said on Thursday that his “mission” had remained the same despite the format change.
Kohli shared some pictures from the training session on Twitter and the post “New week, new format, same mission. Let’s get it.”
New week, new format, same mission. Let’s get it. 💪🇮🇳 https://t.co/Fd7wTZAgux
– Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1615440930000
India has high morale after beating New Zealand 3-1 in the four-game test series and reaching the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
India and England will compete against each other in five T20Is from Friday. This series offers every squad member the opportunity to show their metal against the three lions.
The Men in Blue have some newcomers to their squad and they all have high potential to shoot from game number one. Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tewatia and Ishan Kishan impressed in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and were ultimately rewarded with a place in the Indian line-up. Anyone who plays in fourth place between Suryakumar and Shreyas Iyer will be an interesting watch, because ideally one would think that the team management would support Senior Shreyas at the start of the series.
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Both Suryakumar and Ishan have the ability to hit from the first ball, but Iyer’s experience and that could work in his favor as India has a strong middle class with Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya.
Rohit Sharma and Kohli would beat first and third, and it just has to be seen whether India stays with KL Rahul or they try Shikhar Dhawan in the first T20Is.
Stroke coach Vikram Rathour has already said that the team plans to determine their best XI by the end of this English series. It is therefore to be expected that Kohli will use the XI which he believes is best for the T20 World Cup.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami rested for this show and at the moment Natarajan’s participation in the show looks dubious. The hosts have a problem with a wide variety of choices including Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, and the returning Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bhuvneshwar, a York-based backend specialist, might just get a nod for his skills that have paid off for his Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL franchise. Yuzvendra Chahal is a surefire shot starter. You just have to see who nods as the second weirdo between Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia and Washington Sundar.