Team India has set out for a victorious journey and this journey has continued ever since the squad has started to play after the lockdown imposed due to COVID19. December was marked with the team’s win over Aussies on Australian soil. The team also won over Australia in the T20 series by 2-1. Then the year changed and so did the opponents. In 2021 India was scheduled to play against England and how marvelously they have won over the English! England has already tasted defeat at the hands of the Indian squad in the 4-match Test series which they have won by 3-1. With this Test, win the team has also secured the final place in the World Test Championship.
Now team India is going to indulge in a 5-match T20I series against England which would be the practice ground for the T20I World Cup scheduled later this year. The team has splendid seasoned players along with new additions like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Rahul Tewatia. India is looking forward to giving England a tough time on the T20 field.
Team England must be looking at the series as a medium of its redemption as they have just lost against India in the longest format by 3-1. T20 series is scheduled to kickstart from March 12 and this series would be followed by 3 ODI matches which are scheduled to be held in Pune.
All the teams like to bank upon their dependable players and lucky for team India that it has a lot many of such players but today we are going to cover the all-time favorites of the Indian crowd and would pose the biggest threat to team England.
There’s no denying the fact that Virat Kohli is one of the leading batsmen in the world. He is also the highest scorer in the T20 format. In 70 innings Kohli has hit 2928 runs. Virat must be waiting for the series to begin as he was dismissed for a couple of ducks in the test series. The amazing batsman has a craving to outdo himself with each match and the audience expects nothing less from Kohli.
Kohli had scored 134 runs last year, playing the T20 series against Australia, 85 being his best score. Kohli has played 85 T20 matches in his career till now and has many more to come. He has already set a record with his batting prowess. Kohli has 2928 runs in his kitty with an average of more than 50 runs.
Rohit Sharma is another Indian batting gem who seems to be in great shape. Sharma scored a century and a fifty against England in the just-concluded Test series. Rohit Sharma is at the third spot in the list of all-time highest run-getters in the T20I format. He is one of the most dangerous players to play against and England must be getting prepared to face this challenging batsman.
The vice-captain of Team India has played 108 T20Is for India and has scored 2773 runs with an average of 32.62. He also has 4 centuries to boast of and 21 half-centuries under his belt. Sharma has a strike rate of 138.78 which makes him a threat to any team in the world.
KL Rahul is one such player for whom the skipper, Virat Kohli did not have to wait for the selection committee to make its decision. During an interview, Kohli told that Sharma and KL Rahul would be the first choices for openers. Rahul has been a consistent performer of the team since the last edition of the IPL. This blast of a batsman has already played 45 games and has made 1542 runs with a strike rate of over 144.
Rahul is all pumped for the upcoming T20 series and we would surely see him playing phenomenal shots. Rahul has played 6 matches against England and has made 227 runs which also includes his top score of 101 runs. Rahul is surely going to be a key cricketer in the upcoming matches.
Rishabh Pant has been a dependable player for the team for many years but has remained excluded from the team since January 2020. But the mark of a good player is to concentrate on the game and the opportunities that follow. Pant displayed his caliber in the Test match against Australia in Brisbane which was his only chance to prove that he is ready to be back in the game. He played an amazing knock of 89 runs in the last test match against Australia and then repeated the same match-winning attitude against England in Ahemdabad. He also proved himself as a wicket-keeper by showing some real action with the glove against England.
Pant has been a part of 28 T20Is and has been able to score 410 runs at an average of 20.50. His highest score in the T20 matches has been 65. And this is the time when he is going to surpass his personal best and set new records.
Suryakumar Yadav is finally going to reap the sweet fruits of his patience. The player has been a consistent performer in the local circuit and has performed extremely well in the IPL 2020. But even after his consistency on the field, he did not get any place in the T20I series played against Australia in December.
The days of wait are over for the talented player and finally, he will be a part of the Indian squad. He performed brilliantly in Vijay Hazare Trophy which must have made the selectors ready to give chance to this budding player. Yadav has played 170 T20 matches in his career, representing India A, India B, India Blue, India C, India Red, India U-23, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, and Mumbai. He has built a score of 3567 runs at an average of 31.56. 94 is his personal best.
The young player is set to play with legends, he surely is going to learn the lessons of this game, being a part of the legendary team.