The Indian cricket team recently announced a 19-man squad for the upcoming 5-match T20I series against England.
Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Rahul Tewatia made their first comeback into the team after a great performance in last year’s Indian Premier League. Varun Chakraborty, who made the T20I squad for the tour of Australia but was ruled out due to injury, has got another chance.
Rishabh Pant returns to the Indian T20I team after a great performance in the Test format, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar also finds his way after recovering from injury. Senior paces Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are not part of the team, and Ravindra Jadeja is yet to recover from a finger injury.
India’s team and strongest XI for England T20Is
India’s team for T20I series against England: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar , Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur
We take a look at what India’s strongest playing XI can see for the series against England, which will take place in Ahmedabad from 12 March.
Openers: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul
Vice-captain Rohit Sharma has partnered Shikhar Dhawan in the southeastern fit for a long time, but it may be time for a change at the top of the order. Dhawan has scored only 2 fifties in his last 19 T20Is, and his replacement – KL Rahul – is clearly one of the best T20I batsmen in the world.
Rahul has been used at number 4 and 5 in recent times, but there is no debate on the fact that he holds the best position as an opener. The Punjab Kings captain was the Orange Cap winner in the IPL, and could be Rohit’s partner in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
It remains to be seen what the team management’s thinking in this regard is. If they choose to withdraw Dhawan and continue the right-left opening combination, Rahul may have to fall at number 4.
Published 21 February 2021 at 12:41 pm