Return of the stars to the spotlight with the series and the T20I plan online


Virat Kohli should replace Deepak Hooda.

Virat Kohli should replace Deepak Hooda. ©Getty

Virat Kohli ko motivation ki zaroorat hai? Kya baat kar rahe ho yaar?” [Does Virat Kohli need motivation? What are you saying, my friend?]

It was Rohit Sharma earlier this year, laughing at a suggestion that one of this generation’s elite white-ball hitters might be lacking in zest quotient.

India’s refreshing new approach to batting T20 could just be that push for Kohli, if he needed it. His return to the XI could come at the expense of the format’s last centurion, who at Southampton was part of the team’s first set of No. 3, 4 and 5 to have each struck more than 10 balls and still scored in a hit-rate greater than 150.

The good news for Kohli is that in his last T20I, in Kolkata, he hit six fours out of the first 15 balls he faced, a run more in line with this team’s current requirements.

“We talked about it a lot,” Rohit said of the team’s batting intent. “There’s a certain approach we want to take. Yes, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but you have to keep defending yourself to do it again and again,” Rohit said. “That’s why it’s so difficult, because you can’t keep coming and doing the same thing every once in a while.

“It’s something we’ve talked about, and all the players have to buy into it. Not just one or two players understanding what they want to do, but the whole batting unit coming together and understanding where the team wants to go. go. The guys seem to be pretty clear with that message.”

Kohli, however, is one of many returnees on the team. Jasprit Bumrah remains a certainty, Rishabh Pant adds a southpaw presence to the midfield order and Shreyas Iyer has the weight of performance behind him. Each of them, however, will need matches to acclimate to their specific roles and even those around them. One wonders how India plan to juggle their series priorities with World Cup preparations without compromising their style of play.

Batting stats in middle overs (7-15) in 2022 on all T20s

Inns Races Avg RS Bo %
V Kohli ten 198 39.60 115.79 10.5%
S Iyer 19 390 30.00 136.36 14.0%
S Yadav 12 250 41.67 138.89 16.7%
D Hooda 17 456 57.00 150.50 17.8%
Pants R 17 274 24.91 125.11 16.0%

On the other hand, England have never lacked intelligence themselves, with one of cricket’s savviest men limited to the helm. As always, they have a good ballpark, but who missed more often than the team would have liked. Jos Buttler’s strike rate of 129.81 in games after last year’s World Cup is the best among those who have made the top four since. The likes of Jason Roy and Dawid Malan will need to step up in Edgbaston, especially against a weaker bowling front, if England are to avoid their fourth straight T20I series loss to India.

When: England vs India, T20I 2nd, July 9, 2:30 p.m. local, 7:00 p.m. IST

Where:Edgbaston, Birmingham

What to expect: First batting teams have won five of eight T20 Blast games this season. However, a sunny day awaits both sides on Saturday, in stark contrast to the slew of shortened games that have been played here. If the last two full games are representative, the teams that strike first have scored 228 and 186 and then knocked out the opposition cheaply. Rohit Sharma felt the second bowling at Southampton offered a little more pinch in the air for the rapids, a factor which could be offset by the fact that it was a day game.

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Given the injury history of the fast bowlers at Buttler’s disposal for the series and the quick turnaround between games, chopping and switching is inevitable. Expect Richard Gleeson, 23 wickets at 7.83 ER in the T20 Blast, to make an appearance.

Eleventh possible: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (c&wk), Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Matt Parkinson, Reece Topley, Richard Gleeson/Tymal Mills


India have their marquee players except KL Rahul available after some time and this is sure to disrupt the continuity. Dinesh Karthik has been identified as the specialist finisher but there may not be a place for him and Rishabh Pant together unless India plays Hardik Pandya as a third seam and plays a lightweight bowler. If they leave with Pant, Pandya is likely to drop his role as the more versatile No. 5 to take over his former Dean of Avatar Death one notch lower in the order. Ravindra Jadeja will be a direct trade for Axar Patel.

Eleventh possible: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant/ Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal

Did you know?

– Former World No. 1 hitter Dawid Malan has an AA of 27.00 and an SR of 117.39 since the start of 2021

– Since the start of the Sri Lanka Series, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has 8 PowerPlay wickets at a saving of 4.50

– India’s gung-ho hitting approach has crumbled to the death in the last two games. In Dublin they made 48/6 in the last five overs and in Southampton the last seven overs saw them get 57/5

What they said:

“We were sloppy on the field. Those catches should have been taken. I’m sure we’ll play pretty well in the next few games.” – Rohit Sharma saw a clear area of ​​improvement after his team lost up to five strikes in the series opener.

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