Team India has just received a big success against England in the just-concluded Test series. The Indian squad defeated the English by 3-1 and now they are ready to play them in the 5-match T20I series. Surely the team must be brimming with confidence induced by the recent win but this is not the only reason for elation in the players. In December, India played against Australia on Australian soil and defeated the Aussies splendidly. This win got the Indian team’s final spot in the World Test Championship.
England has already been defeated in the Test series and now the T20I series is going to go live. This series will provide both the teams a practice ground for the T20I World Cup but this doesn’t mean that the hunger to win is not going to be fierce. And the goal to win is attained when all the players are aligned towards the same objective. England would try to bring their A-game on for this series but there is one aspect that the team should be cautious of, Indian bowlers. Experienced bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar will also mark his return this season. Yes, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are not playing in this series but that just means that the young brigade will take charge.
Team India is at its best state at the moment and it has fabulous players but the 5 bowlers that stand out of the lot are the ones that Team England should watch out for.
Chahal will be leading the spin department of team India. He also happens to be India’s joint-highest wicket-taker in the T20s. England is one of the leading teams when it comes to the short format of cricket. in this case, Chahal is going to be Kohli’s trump card. Chahal has been out of international cricket since he played against Australia in T20I.
Chahal has the experience of 45 T20 matches and also possesses the experience of playing against England. Chahal has played 6 matches against England till now and has been able to take 6 wickets which makes him the highest wicket-taker from India. To top this off, Chahal’s best performance was also registered against England wherein he took 6 wickets for 25 runs.
He has an economy rate of 7.37 against England which makes him the go-to man to play against England.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been away from international cricket for some time now. Due to a thigh muscle injury, he had to leave the IPL 2020 midway. Then he could not be apart of India’s tour to Australia. Kumar also had to miss out on India’s Test series against England. But now he is perfectly fine to make a comeback and the fans are ready to watch him knock over wickets again.
This 31-year old bowler is an experienced player in the shortest format of cricket which makes him perfect for the start or the death. Yes, he has not been a part of International cricket since December 2019 but his consistent performance in list A cricket proves that he is ready to be back on the ground.
His record with England has not been great as he has only played 2 matches against England and ended up giving a few runs too but the game of cricket is always unpredictable. He has played 43 T20I matches and boasts of a 7.04 economy rate.
Another Indian bowler who has been away from the field is Hardik Pandya. Since his stress fractures in the back during Asia Cup, he has been on the road to recovery. Since that injury, the only international cricket Pandya has played was his four-over stint in the ODI match against Australia. The bowler has been kept away from the ground after that but now he is ready to come back.
Hardik has been seen bowling in full swing during the practice sessions of the T20I series. He is already devastating with his bat and If continues to bowl in same the way, Kohli would not have to look for another pacer in the team.
Hardik has experience of bowling against England and his best score of 4 for 38 was also made against the same opposition. A total of 43 T20I matches have been played by Hardik in his career so far wherein he has taken 38 wickets with an amazing economy rate of 8.35.
Axar Patel, quite interestingly, played his debut match against England and now he is set to make a comeback against the same team. Axar has played 11 T20Is till now but has not been able to make a permanent place for himself in the team. Now that Jadeja is away from the field and Patel is going to replace him, it is a perfect opportunity for the bowler to showcase all his talent.
Axar has been seen in red-hot form lately which means that he will be seen sharing spin responsibilities with Chahal. In the 11 T20Is that the bowler has been a part of, he has taken 9 wickets with an economy rate of 6.79.
Deepak Chahar has already impressed the selectors and the audience alike with his hat-trick in T20I. He is the second Indian and the first pacer to do that. He is a remarkable player in the shortest format of cricket.
He has played 13 T20I matches in his career so far but his ability to make the new ball swing both ways has made him a threat for the opposition. He has taken 18 wickets in these 13 matches at an economy rate of 7.56. The bowler is still working on his death bowling skills but we are sure that is going to impress the selectors with his talent.
Chahar could take only one wicket in his previous T20I series against Australia wherein he had played 3 matches but since then he had shown great game in domestic matches.