After a sloppy defeat in the first T20I match against England India will look forward to fightback in the next game scheduled on 14th March at the same venue, Narendra Modi Stadium. England won the previous match with all-round performance by both batting and bowling department and now leads the five match series by 1-0.
Indian team looked quite rusty in the yesterday’s fixture, except Shreyas Iyer’s studded innings of 67 all the players seen struggling on the field. After facing deep collapse and low scoring target in batting innings Indian bowlers too failed to reach expected performances as only Chahal and Washington succeed to take single wicket each.
Virat Kohli and Team management needs to check the empty spots in this T20 squad as it’s not just bilateral series India have only 4 T20I games left before ICC T20I Worldcup in the coming year. Therefore, team management would like to imply changes and needed tactics in the team.
While India have selected jumbo squad for the series, but vice-captain Rohit Sharma has rested for the first two games, Virat Kohli told in the pre presentation event. While Bumrah, Shami and Jadeja are out of the squad already due to injury and personal reasons.
Virat Kohli would like to change bowling department according to pitch conditions as it helped pacers more than spin attack. T Natrajan may make his comeback in the team while Axar Patel may sit in pavilion.
After a clinical win Team England’s moral will be high, they don’t need any as such changes in the playing XI but Eoin Morgan wouldn’t like to lose any chances now as current Indian team has history of comebacks after a defeat.
Predicted Playing XI:
India: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, T Natrajan, Yuzvendra Chahal
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood