India’s predicted XI in 1st T20I
With the ODI series done and dusted, India now looks forward to the 3 match T20I series. Which promises to be a close affair given Sri Lanka’s morale-boosting win in the 3rd ODI. The unpredictable nature of the T20 format. Where the abbreviated nature of the format tends to bring even the more mediocre teams into play against stronger sides.
With lots of news doing the rounds regarding which players from the Indian squad in Srilanka. Will be ask to report in England for the Test series. Due to injury issues in the squad camped in England. The prediction of the probable XI for the 1st T20 can be a tricky exercise.
However going by the notion at all are available for selection. There are chances of a couple of new faces playing in the 1st T20I.
As for the opening slot, there is an outside chance that Devdutt Paddikal is played as an opener. After his stellar shows in back to back IPLs and in domestic cricket. He is also consider as a possible candidate for the T20 world cup.
Ishan Kishan should be back at number 3 for the first match after he was rest in 3rd ODI. For number four it will be a toss-up between Surya Kumar Yadav who is in supreme form and Sanju Samson who missed out a chance of a big score in the 3rd ODI on his debut. At the moment Surya is ahead of Samson to start in the XI.
Both the Pandya brothers are likely to figure in the lower middle order with a special focus on Hardik. To come good after a below-par ODI series. India’s predicted XI in 1st T20I.
The fast bowling should comprise of Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar after both were rest in the 3rd ODI. Chetan Sakariya after his decent showing on debut in the 3rd ODI. may be a possible left-arm option as the 3rd fast bowler.
Amongst the spinners, Rahul Chahar and Yazuvendra Chahal are likely to start but cannot rule out playing Varun Chakravarthy instead of one of the above as both Yuzi Chahal and Rahul Chahar are similar types of bowlers.
Hence there is a competition for a lot of spots and provided there are no last moment SOS’s from the team management in England or BCCI, the probable XI for the 1st T20I will be as under
Shikhar Dhawan (c) , Prithvi Shaw / Devdutt Paddikal , Ishan Kishan , Surya Kumar Yadav , Hardik Pandya , Krunal Pandya , Deepak Chahar , Bhuvneshwar Kumar , Rahul Chahar , Chetan Sakariya , Varun Chakravarthy / Yazuvendra Chahal.