While the teams are getting ready to contest in the all important 4th T20I , the bigger discussion going around in the media circles is whether India’s too much experimentation is having a negative effect on the results on this series . England are a very strong T20I team and too much experimentation against this team can hurt the opposition.
India’s opening slot has become a musical chair . Rohit was initially supposed to start then suddenly it was announced that Rohit will be rested for 1st two games. Dhawan played in 1st match and failed and gets replaced by Ishan Kishan who makes a great debut scoring 56 off 32 balls but finds himself batting at number 3 in next game with the return of Rohit Sharma who opened with Rahul .
It was indeed a strange decision to push Kishan down the order after his great debut as opener . If anyone , it should have been Rahul dropping down to number 3 or 4 and Rohit should have opened with Kishan , which they have a done for Mumbai Indians . Also Surya Kumar was dropped after his debut in which he did not play a ball . Thus if these kind of fluctuations goes on with the team batting lineup , it becomes difficult for the players to play with a secured mindset .
The Indian bowling also needs attention. In the absence of Bumrah Shami and Jadeja , the bowling has looked less penetrative though Bhuvneshwar was bowling well after his return . Shardul has been inconsistent hence Deepak Chahar needs to be played . In the spin department Yazuvendra Chahal has been leaking too many runs though he is picking odd wickets . His economy rate has been on the upsurge in last few years and teams are milking his bowling for runs . His fielding has been ordinary always and this invites the question to reinstate Ashwin back into T20 fold. Ashwin has been outstanding in last two seasons for Delhi Capitals and is a wicket taker . Though he is a slow mover on the field , his fielding does not suffer much in comparison to Chahal . However for 4th ODI Axar Patel should replace Chahal .
So far in this series Virat Kohli has batted very well and proved that he is in decent form . Pant has also showed glimpse of his ability . Sundar has bowled well in this series apart from Bhuvneshwar who is playing for India after a long gap .
England contrary to the test series, has played with a settled unit and the results are showing. Every player looks secured in the mind and knows his role . Buttler has been at his destructive best. The bowling has been lethal with the pace of Wood and Archer . The only area of contention is playing Stokes lower in the batting order as he is not a slogger and will add more value in the top order .
The 4th match is more important for India as a defeat will lose them the series. Toss will be very vital as the teams winning the toss have won the matches .
England : Buttler , Roy , Stokes , Bairstow , Morgan , Malan , S Curran , Adil Rashid , Jordan , Archer , Wood
India : Rohit , Kishan , Kohli , Surya Yadav , Shreyas , Pant , Hardik , Sundar , Axar , Bhuvneshwar, Deepak Chahar