After the dominating performances against England in the Test series, India’s focus moves to the T20 format, with an eye on the World Cup in October-November. India’s last T20 series outing was against Australia, where they won the three-match series 2-1. A very well-balanced Indian team led by captain Virat Kohli haven’t lost a T20 series in almost two years. Till now both teams have faced off in 14 T20s and have won 7 matches each.
The England series is yet another chance for the Indian side to finalise on their playing XI in the build up to the World Cup and the management might have some difficult decisions to make. Fortunately for India, they can boast of a strong squad with a good bench strength.
For England, limited-overs specialists, including skipper Eoin Morgan, have flown in, while the Indian team also has gotten a makeover for the series with a host of youngsters.
While the results are important, captain Virat Kohli will be looking to try out different combinations in the five games.
Among the big selection dilemmas for India will be how they use Shikhar Dhawan, the presence of a confident Rishabh Pant, and the impact of all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Fortunately for India, they are spoilt for choices in almost every department.
Who Plays With Rohit?
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are the options India boast off in the department. Since December 2019, India have played with KL Rahul as the wicket-keeper and he has been in tremendous form with the bat as well, having finished as the top scorer in the IPL.
Shihkar Dhawan, the only left hander in the top 4, and Rahul opened in Australia in the absence of an injured Rohit and the southpaw scored a half century in the second game. Dhawan too had a brilliant IPL as he finished as the second highest run scorer in the tournament.
With Rohit definitely set to feature at the top of the order, India have a difficult choice to make in terms of who plays alongside the Mumbaikar. It is most likely that both combinations will be tried out against the England side with the second opener’s slot most definitely up for grabs.