India Begin England Tour With A Fine Win In T20I Series

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

"It might be the case, it might not, but ultimately it's about winning the series and coming out of what has been an impressive white-ball summer". Add Ben Stokes to it and England bear a formidable look. But while he accepts that is an issue, he is adamant that his priority remains England's fortunes in the 2019 World Cup and Test cricket. Their last bilateral series' defeat came in India in January 2017, with only a freak one-off loss to Scotland in the interim. Meanwhile, there is a chance that skipper might come at No 4 in order to give Rahul a chance to make optimum use of his current form. Rahul scored a 70 against Ireland and followed it by an unbeaten 101 against England in the first T20.

Suresh Raina and M.S. Dhoni, along with Hardik Pandya, are expected to form the middle-order. "It's hard because of the limited opportunities I've had to play T20 cricket, but the thing that has always been at the forefront of my mind is that playing for England comes first".

If the management thinks of playing an extra pacer, Siddarth Kaul or Shardul Thakur might come into play. Since the World Cup, English has accumulated 300-plus scores 31 times in 69 matches, including 23 wins. Buttler, whose dream run has continued since the start of the IPL, will like to continue his rich vein of form.

While there has been a lot of focus on Indian wrist spinners, the visitors will be missing the services of Jasprit Bumrah, and possibly of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the first ODI, who is in doubt with a stiff back.

Joe Root must decide whether he is compromising his Test and one-day career by continuing his struggle to keep up with the Twenty20 pace after being squeezed out of England's short-form team.

It is a harsh, if not unexpected, blow for a batsman who during England's last outing in Robin Hood country four weeks ago blazed 147 from 92 balls to help post the monstrous 481 for six against Australia, and two years earlier had pummelled Pakistan's bowlers for 171 runs in the previous men's ODI record of 444 for three.

Kuldeep (39 wickets in 20 ODIs at average 20.02) and Chahal (43 wickets in 23 ODIs at average 21.83) have proved their worth since making debuts but their ultimate test will be against England.

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