The Rohit Sharma-led side will take on England in the second match of the three-match T20I series in Birmingham on Saturday. Looking to win the second match, India would like to take a 2-0 lead in the series. In the first match, many players of Team India B performed well.
The Rohit Sharma-led side will take on England in the second match of the three-match T20I series in Birmingham on Saturday. Looking to win the second match, India would like to take a 2-0 lead in the series. In the first match, many players of Team India B performed well. At the same time, changes have been made in the team in the second match. Virat Kohli, who was missing from the first match, is also returning to the team. With India changing the winning playing XI, senior players like Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja will join the T20I squad.
Virat returns to T20 after five months
The second match against England is going to be held on July 9 at 7 pm. India’s star batsman Virat Kohli, who is returning to T20 cricket after five months, will be under immense pressure to get over his prolonged poor form. Kohli last played T20 International in February. He has played only two T20Is since India’s poor performance in the T20 World Cup in October-November. During this time he played T20 cricket only in IPL but could not perform best in that too. As per the rotation policy of the team, Kohli and other senior players are given rest from time to time.
What will the captain do about the players who played well in the first match?
Young players like Deepak Hooda were given his place and considering his form, it would be difficult to get him out of the team. Hooda, batting at Kohli’s order, scored 33 runs in 17 balls in the first match of the series against England. If he is retained, Kohli will have to open the innings with skipper Rohit Sharma. In such a situation, Ishaan Kishan will have to stay out. Kohli scored the last half-century in T20 while opening the innings. Kohli has also been given a break in the five-match T20I series against West Indies. In such a situation, the upcoming two matches against England will be very important considering their future in this format.
There will be pressure on Virat Kohli!
Kohli has proved himself many times but given the fearless game of the young players, he will have to return to his familiar colors again. Rohit has returned in the first match against England, who could not play the Test match due to Corona infection. Indian players did not play in the traditional style in the first match as this was also the reason for the poor performance in the World Cup. 66 runs were scored in the powerplay and despite the fall of wickets, the runs continued to be scored. India, however, will have to work on the ‘finishing’. Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer have also joined the T20 squad. In the first match, India missed a batsman although the team scored 198 runs. The batting looks strong with Jadeja coming in place of Axar Patel. Bhuvneshwar Kumar impressed with the new ball and now Bumrah will also join him.
New team will be like this against England
Arshdeep’s debut against England was successful but if he is not in the team for the next two matches, Umran Malik may get a chance. Hardik Pandya performed brilliantly with both bat and ball. Rohit will expect better performance from the team in the fielding. On the other hand, England team would like to come back after forgetting the loss of the first match. Captain Jos Buttler, who was dismissed on the first ball, will be expected to perform better.
Teams: England: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Harry Brooke, Sam Curran, Richard Gleason, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, David Malan, Tymal Mills, Matthew Parkinson, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey. India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.
Match time: 7 pm onwards.