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Virat Kohli Confirms the Opening Combination ahead of T20 series – Playing XI for IND vs ENG 2021

Source:BCCI

It’s been a very long time for the Indian fans to witness the T20  games at home , currently Team India had a great series in terms of T20 especially winning the overseas series  against the Top teams like NewZealand , Australia .

But rightnow India is going to face the World ‘s Best Team England in T20 format  which has the Strongest combination on their team with power hitting capacity . Presence of Jofra Archer, Stokes  in the playing XI will create a huge impact in T20 games in comparison with the Test format.

Since , it is the only T20 series available for Team India to find the combination before the T20 world cup in september . They will try to fill the back up slots and players who finish crucial knock out matches in T2o format. Virat Kohli in a recent interview reveals that Team India will be looking for batting depth in their lineup ahead of the T20 world cup.

Lets predict the playing XI combination for IND vs ENG T20 series First Game

Openers: KL Rahul & Rohit Sharma

These two right handers will be the ideal opening pair throughout the series ,currently KL Rahul is one of the top ranked T20 batsman in the world, his quick fire batting in power play overs along with Rohit Sharma will have a strong effect in the scorecard.For , Rohit Sharma there is no explanation needed for his place in the playing XI until he rests or injured .

Virat Kohli:

Virat Kohli was not in great touch with the bat in recent years, he must get back to his 2016 aggressive batting  rhythm in T20 format before the IPL 2021 .Especially , a hundred in a T20 will shut all the critics who were questioning his form .Hope he will achieve this record in this series.

Surya Kumar Yadav:

One batting position which was void after the retirement of yuvraj singh is batting at No:4 position , it is the position where batsman should have the capacity to control  the game completely to his favour in terms of chasing and batting first, which the batsman should have all kind of power hitting shots in his books, previously Team India had Manish pandey , Shreyas iyer for this position . Surya Kumar will have a debut game in T20 game by replacing Shreyas since the strike rate of Shreyas was less in recent T20 games.On comparing with Shreyas, SKY will be the better option in this position , he must play this entire T20 series to test his batting skills against the world best T20 Team.

Rishabh Pant:(Wk -Batsman)

Rishabh Pant was the only left hander in the Top order , he came back to limited overs after a long  time, It’s the high time for him to prove his ability in both wicket keeping and Batting . If he seals this place with the ‘Man of the series’ . He will be a great asset  for Team India .

Hardik Pandya:(Batting AllRounder)

Hardik Pandya was man of the series in the previous T20 series against Australia, he became a great finisher in his recent games and if he could bowl two or three overs for his Team , it gives a strong combination for Virat Kohli & co.

Washington Sundar:(Bowling All-rounder)

Washington Sundar , has been impressive in recent times ideally he will be playing in Jadeja’s place in the team but in comparison with Jaddu Washington’s power hitting ability is not exposed in international matches. But , he has a unique speciality on his powerplay bowling skill.This place will be played in a round robin fashion with Tewatia, Axar to find the replacement for Ravindra Jadeja.

Shardul Thakur:(Bowler)

He will be the second seam bowler option if any of the front line seamers like Bumrah, Natarajan were not available in the squad. He has some wicket taking bouncers in his hand and his batting will improve the Team batting depth  .So , he must be a strong bowling option for Indian Team.

Bhuvaneshwar kumar(Bowler)

 His experience will be the key factor for the Team, since he is back after a long gap to international team .His form and his inswing ball will play a major role in the bowling attack Surely he will open bowling on one end along with Sundar.Excited to his knuckle balls in death overs.

Yuzvendra Chahal:

Chahal was the leading spinner for the team from 2017, he will be leading the bowling attack in thisside too with his wicket taking flight deliveries, especially in spin friendly pitches like Ahmedabad . There is no doubt about his place in Playing XI.

Navdeep Saini:

This place will be optional for Team India to choose between the spinner and pace attack , since it is a fresh pitch with due under lights Virat Kohli will choose seamer instead of three spinners to attack the option which was the strong zone for him at any format . So , there is a place for Saini who has the capacity to bowl 140+consistently , over deepak chahar he will be picked since both Bhuvaneshwar kumar and chahar has the similiar kind of bowling .Saini will be added in the playing XI if he is fit to play to the game against England.

Team India’s Predicted Playing XI

  • KL Rahul
  • Rohit Sharma
  • Virat Kohli
  • Surya Kumar Yadav
  • Rishabh Pant (Wk- Batsman)
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Washington Sundar
  • Shardul Thakur
  • Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
  • Navdeep Saini
  • Yuzvendra Chahal

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  1. Bharath kumar

    March 12, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Same bro

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