England will face off against India in the first match of their tour of India 2021. Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and KL Rahul will be on the cards, as Suryakumar Yadav is expected to make his debut. It will be a crucial T20 series, ahead of IPL 2021.
The season of some limited overs cricket is around the corner. It should be a great cricket match as Virat Kohli and company will take on England in a five match T20 series starting at Ahmedabad. While, the hosts will carry all the confidence from registering a thumping Test series win over Joe Root’s side only a week ago, the T20 squad – an inexperienced one – would have a steep slope to climb when the likes of Eoin Morgan, Jofra Archer and Jason Roy come in with full throttle. Hardik Pandya was seen running up and bowling during the practice and this looks like a good sign. He will want to make an impact after a long break from the game.
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India’s T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
Morgan would surely not be discussing much about the lost Test series but the pitch talk would float in the English dressing room as they prepare to intimidate India months ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 World Cup. Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Bairstow, Stokes, Morgan, Buttler and the Curran brothers make the batting order look dangerous as their pace attack led by Wood and Jordan is in sound shape too. On paper, England sure is the best T20 side in the world right now, but a wild Indian crowd makes the task really difficult.
England T20I squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood.
India and England have faced each other 125 times in Test matches. India have won 28 matches, England have won 48 matches and 49 games have ended in draws.
The pitch talk has not left the gates of the Motera yet. Under lights, bowling could get tough and with the dew coming in, spinners might want the skipper to choose batting first. However, both the team’s present fabulous batting line-ups and a high-scoring game should not come off as a surprise. When it comes to choosing one side, in spite all the firepower England has, the hosts should do well in these conditions.
Date and Time:
March 12 2021 (Friday)
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
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