India vs England T20I Series: Now every match will be important to find the best XI in the World Cup. The return of captain Rohit Sharma, who emerged from Corona, is fixed. India will be aiming to finalize their best XI for the T20 World Cup during the three-match T20I series against England starting here on Thursday, leaving the path of experimentation. Captain Rohit Sharma, who was ruled out of the fifth Test in Birmingham due to being found Corona positive, is expected to play in the first match of the series.
Wherein the players included in the Test team against England including Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant will be available for the second T20 match.
Another chance for Gaikwad and Sanju
In the absence of senior players, players like Rituraj Gaikwad and Sanju Samson will get another chance to prove themselves and will look to cement their claim as potential players for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. Gaikwad was unable to open the innings with Ishan Kishan in the two matches against Ireland due to a minor injury and may have to sit out again if Rohit returns. In such a situation, Gaikwad will have to be influenced.
Ishaan will come down to make a place as a reserve opener
In the opportunities that Ishaan Kishan has got, he has impressed. And he will try to strengthen his claim as the team’s reserve opener by playing good innings against a strong England team.
In the second match, Kohli is expected to bat at number three, and in such a situation, Deepak Hooda will try to prove his worth by playing another match-winning inning.
Jos Buttler will open the new innings as captain
This series will be the beginning of Jos Buttler’s era for England. He has been made the captain of the limited-overs team after the retirement of Eoin Morgan. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow have been rested from the series. However, England has many strong batsmen, who are seen in the form.
15 matches to be played before the world cup
India has to play about 15 matches before the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. Apart from three matches in the current series, the team will play 5-matches against West Indies from July 29 to August 7 and about five matches in the Asia Cup in August-September. In September, India has to play also three T20s against Australia.
ICC Test Rankings: Pant in top five, Virat Kohli out of top 10 for the first time in 6 years
Indian batsman Rishabh Pant has benefited from the latest ICC rankings released after the Edgbaston Test between India and England. Whereas former captain Virat Kohli, who is struggling with poor form, has been out of the list of top 10 batsmen for the first time after six years.
Pant, who scored one century and one half-century in the Edgbaston Test, has jumped five places to the fifth position. On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow of England has moved up 11 places to 10th place due to two consecutive centuries.
Kohli slips to 13th place: Virat has slipped three places to 13th place with 714 rating points. While Pant has 801 rating points. Rohit Sharma, who was out of this test due to Corona, has slipped one place to ninth place.