Ind vs Eng T20I series: India and England’s trial run for mission ICC T20 World Cup 2021- India and England are all set to lock horns in a five-match T20 series. The two teams are in search of a settled playing 11 for October’s ICC T20 World Cup.
The bowlers did their part in the Test series. Now, it’s time for the batsmen to step up as bowlers look for mercy in the T20I series beginning today in Ahmedabad.
England might have lost the longest format, but they are different beasts in the white-ball format. After all, they are the top-ranked side in ICC T20 rankings. While England are yet to lose in the last 8 T20Is, India have managed to win seven matches in a row.
Eoin Morgan-led England had last lost a T20I series in 2018. Interestingly, it was a 1-2 loss to Men in Blues. Besides this, India have won two bilateral T20I series against Englishmen, with the last series victory in 2014.
Since England and India are placed 1 and 2 in ICC T20I rankings, it will be a clash worth watching. A series will boost the team’s confidence ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup this year. The tournament will be played in India.
Both India and England can use this opportunity to fill missing gaps in their squads ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Eyes on Youngsters
Virat Kohli and Co are keen to raise their power games. For that, they have includes Mumbai Indians batsmen SuryaKumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. The duo have been offered a well-deserved chance. IPL’s surprise package Rahul Twatia, an allrounder and handy leg-spinner, was also picked by the selection committee. Meanwhile, the likes of KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya will boost team India’s middle-order.
Who Should be Rohit Sharma’s partner in the T20 World Cup? India can try both KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan with the Hitman.
While the Sharma-Rahul pair has an average of 50.72 and run-rate of 9.96, Shawan and Rohit average 33 together with a run-rate of 8.28. Having said that, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul have the potential to win matches on their own.
Area of Concern
One of the main concern for India is the fitness of Varun Chakravarty. He failed to enter the India squad twice– against Australia and now England. The mystery spinner had a lengthy rehab after he was ruled out of the Australia series due to a shoulder injury. Kohli came up with stern worlds for aspiring players for India. ”This is the topmost level and everyone should take our yardsticks seriously,” he said.
Meanwhile, T Natarajan is likely to miss the T20I opener due to a shoulder niggle.
Venue: Spin friendly or flat track
In the last two Tests, the pitch offered a lot for the spinners. Earlier in 2021, the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament was played at the venue. No teams were able to cross the 165-run mark.
England skipper Eoin Moran who is expecting a turning track said, “I think there will be turning wickets on offer. I look at it positively. Going into the T20 World Cup, it’s an area in which we need more experience. It’s a challenge we look forward to.”
It is almost certain that England will include both Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and India might go ahead with three spinners in the T20I opener.