T20 International Match Preview: After missing the fifth Test in Birmingham due to COVID-19, Rohit Sharma, the series’ starting pitcher, will arrive in the port city on Wednesday. In the upcoming T20I match against England, India will attempt to choose their strongest XI for the World Cup.
In the three-match T20 series against an aggressive England that begins here on Thursday, India will forego experimenting and settle on their best eleven for the World Cup. Rohit Sharma, the pitcher who will open the game. Wednesday, after missing the fifth Test in Birmingham due to COVID-19, will be arriving in the port city. Test talents like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant would start playing for the T20 team after the second match.
Undrafted players like Ruturaj Gaikwad and Sanju Samson might benefit from their absence. Who on India’s likely list for the World Cup in Australia appears to have fallen down the pecking order, with one more game to make an impression.
Due to a niggle, Gaikwad was unable to start Ishan Kishan in the two games in Ireland. And Rohit will have to rewarm the bench if he comes back. In the few opportunities he has had as a reserve opener, Kishan has excelled, and he will want to keep his spot in the team by getting a huge wicket against England.
Since Kohli is expected to return to the number three spot from game two, Deepak Hooda will be hoping for another game-winning effort to keep himself in the running.
With a century and 47 runs remaining against Ireland, Hooda has made it more difficult for the team management to exclude him from the starting eleven.
Arshdeep Singh and Rahul Tripathi, who have no prior experience. Neither the second nor third T20 were chosen for them, and it is unlikely that they will play on Thursday. Suryakumar Yadav had trouble getting going in the games in Malahide after returning from injury against Ireland. He will have faith in himself to get back to his creative best. He and Hooda took part in the warm-up run against Derbyshire last week.
After keeping Ireland to 17 runs in the penultimate over of a high-scoring second T20 match, pacer Umran Malik will be brimming with confidence in the bowling department. However, he is still growing and needs to improve his precision.
Even the seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar and clever Harshal Patel were taken aback by the Irish attack. And in order to defeat a more powerful rival, they will need to play at their best.
It is likely that Yuzvendra Chahal would start in place of Ravi Bishnoi.
India still has about 15 T20 matches left before the T20 World Cup in Australia in October. These include three games against England in the current series, five games against the West Indies (July 29-August 7), roughly five games in the Asia Cup (August-September), and three games against Australia (September).
After the England series, the selection procedure for its best XI for the major tournament will begin.
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