The third T20I (India vs England can show a lot of twists and turns. Talented players, perfect drive and passion to win and hunger are a perfect blend for a winning combination. It also accounts for the preparation of the upcoming T20 World Cup to be held in India later this year. As we are all aware that the young blood is being pumped into the team to add the required flavour. The audience has also watched these young players set the IPL afire. Players like Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav also bagged T20 caps against England in the second encounter against England on Sunday which gave the team management all the more reasons to eye them for upcoming matches.
While the selectors are still on their task for the composition of the Indian Team, we see Hardik Pandya re-emerging as an all-rounder. Such selections are going to be an added advantage for the Indian Team. The audience is eagerly waiting for Pandya to cast his magic spell over the field tonight. They have seen him overpower others at the five-matches series which were tied at one-all. Talking about Pandya, Indian skipper Virat Kohli stated that “In the next 6-8 month time, Pandya has promised that he’s going to commit everything to be the all-rounder that the team needs in all three formats. He plays for the team at all times. Such players are priceless.
The upcoming global T20 mania has a lot of puzzles that need to be rearranged and without any doubt, Pandya could be the solution for all these puzzles. Last Sunday, he was seen gliding smoothly into the fifth bowler’s role, bowling full quota of four overs seamlessly. This, after he eased back into action as the sixth option in the opener, when he was put onto the field for two overs during England’s untroubled run chase.
Pandya proved his metal on both of these occasions. Especially during the second match, he bowled both in Power Play and also at the death, conceding a miserly 7 & 6 runs in his first and last overs. During the last few matches, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan have been the opening two batsmen constantly. But Shikhar Dhawan was seen being replaced by the match-winning rookie Ishan Kishan last Sunday. It is still a question with the audience whether the team would still persist with Rahul- who until the last series in Australia was the preferred wicket-keeper batsman post his twin failures.