Rohit Sharma-led India will now shift their focus to finding the perfect combination for the ICC T20 World Cup when they take on England in the second T20 International on Saturday in Birmingham.
With Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja set to join the T20I side from Edgbaston, expect a plethora of changes to arise to India’s playing XI in the second T20I.
If India decide to retain Deepak Hooda, then Kohli could open alongside skipper Rohit Sharma at the expense of Ishan Kishan, who has also been consistent at the top.
Besides Kohli, Pant, Bumrah, Jadeja and Iyer have also joined the T20 squad following a break after the fifth Test. Jadeja is a like-for-like replacement for Axar Patel and his inclusion also makes the batting unit more solid.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been mighty impressive with the new ball and Bumrah is expected to join him. Arshdeep Singh made a successful debut but since he is not part of the squad for the next two games, Umran Malik may get more chances.
Hardik Pandya had a game to remember with both and ball and his presence is surely a big boost to the side in a World Cup year. Rohit will also want to see a marked improved in the team’s fielding, especially catching after an ordinary show on Thursday.
England, who were blown away by the visitors at Southampton, will back themselves to make a strong comeback. They rely a lot on skipper Jos Buttler, who will be keen to make amends after his first ball duck. The power-packed batting, including Liam Livingstone and Jason Roy, failed in the first game, but trust them to come good in a must-win game.
India vs England 1st T20I Probable Playing XI:
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh/Avesh Khan/Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal
England Playing XI: Jos Buttler (c&wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Phil Salt, Harry Brook, Sam Curran/David Willey, Richard Gleeson, Chris Jordan/Reece Topley/Tymal Mills, Matthew Parkinson
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