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India’s predicted playing XI for the 2nd T20I against England

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A few days after a comprehensive 8-door defeat, Indian cricket team download England in the 2nd T20I series of 5 matches at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

India has never competed in the first T20I. With an ultra-aggressive approach to hitting, they saw how they lost the first three goalkeepers in powerplay, and although Shreyas Iyer played an inspired shot, the hosts only managed 124/7 in their 20 overs.

Given that the T20 World Cup at home is ominously looming on the horizon, Virat Kohli’s men can’t afford to acknowledge a 2-0 lead in the series. Here is the predicted India XI for the 2nd T20I against England.


Openers: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhara Dhawan’s place on the Indian team is under serious question

The initial combination, which managed a combined 5 runs in the 1st T20I, is certainly a problem for India to worry about.

Rohit Sharma, who rested in the first two matches, will return to the 3rd T20I and take one of the two starting places. Since Shikhar Dhawan has a bad record in the T20I format late, he needs to perform a notable performance to stay in his place on the sidelines.

Dhawan’s partner, KL Rahul, is the best ranked T20I striker in India. The 28-year-old has been hit in the middle row in the past, but his best position is at the top. If it piled up in the races in the 2nd T20I, it would be impossible for Kohli and the management of the team to degrade or throw him away.


Middle Ranking: Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Sunday)

Indian skipper Virat Kohli put a duck in the first T20I
Indian skipper Virat Kohli put a duck in the first T20I

Indian skipper Virat Kohli packed the duck in the 1st T20I and desperately has to get out of the rut he is in. His centuries-old drought is widely discussed, and the truth is that this worst form of Kohli’s has been since his ill-fated 2014 tour of England.

Followed by Kohli, an Indian hero from the 1st T20I, Shreyas Iyer. The Mumbai-born Batsman scored 67 with 48 balls to add indirectness to the overall reputation, and he seems to have done enough to keep Suryakumar Yadav out of the team for now.

In 5th place will be test hero Rishabh Pant, who also wants to lay claim to a seat on restricted sides. The young Southerner pulled another bold reverse in the 1st T20I, but found the terrain in deep depth just as the Indian ining seemed to be gaining momentum. He will want a significant result in this game, with Rahul capable of putting on gloves as well.


Posted March 14, 2021, 12:22 PM IST


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