IND vs ENG: After utterly subjugating England in the Tests, India will be brimming with confidence ahead of the 5-match T20 series. No doubt, in home conditions, the Men In Blue are favourites to win. But there’s a subtle beauty in the limited-over cricket. This form of the game provides a level playing field for all teams, irrespective of the conditions, or to some extent, the talent. England are the no-1 T20 team in the world for a reason, and not to mention they are the reigning world champions in the 50-over cricket. The T20 and the ODI series can be anything but a one-team show. Brace for a full-throttle competitive series as two giants go for the kill and make a statement for the T20 World Cup.
There will be no dearth of talent as both teams are stocked up with world-class players. But like in Tests, there will be a phase when the individual battles will decide the game. Whichever player, from either team, comes out on top during that mini-phase and scrimmage, is likely to make a telling impact for the team. Here are the 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For In India vs England 1st T20I
Battle 1: Jofra Archer vs Rohit Sharma & KL Rahul
England’s limited-overs cricket team has evolved into an all-action unit. Jofra Archer is certainly one of the unequivocal superstars in England’s team, who fans love to watch dishing out marauding bouncers.
The 25-year-old is likely to be fit for the opening game, after successfully recovering from an elbow injury. Archer’s overs could spell doom for the Indian team if he gets his ways. Both Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are likely to face the wrath of his opening spell, and how the duo negotiates his overs, could decide the game for Team India.
Battle 2: Sundar, Chahal vs England’s Batsmen
More than the results, India’s spin-friendly pitches hogged more limelight during the tests series. There will be no respite for the visitors, however, as Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal are set to entertain Eoin Morgan and his troops at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Chahal in particular will have more say in the series. He is a white-ball specialist after all and is pretty hard to pick. England batsmen are likely to be more aggressive against Sundar, who is comparatively inexperienced at this level. That said, Chahal and Sundar’s spell will decide the game. No doubt about that.
Battle 3: Virat Kohli vs Eoin Morgan
The Basics. It will come down to both Virat Kohli and Eoin Morgan; whichever captain displays better shrewdness and spontaneity on the field is likely to give the match-winning interview at the end of the game.
There’s no doubt about their decision-making ability though. Both Kohli and Morgan have nothing to prove at the highest level of cricket after guiding their respective nations to glory over the years.
India vs England 1st T20 Match Details:
Timing: 07:00 PM (IST)
Stadium: Narendra Modi Stadium
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