Even as team India gears up for the new challenge in the face of a strong England team under new leadership, the T20I series will be completely a new situation for both the teams. England will be hoping to pounce back with the strongest of players while hosts will look forward to continue their good form & luck in the T20I series not just to register another series win but also to iron out some of the glitches ahead of the World Cup Later in the year.
As for England three of their players will still be in a state of shock after the Test series defeat. Ben Stokes would have extended bad dreams of seeing England again falling down, Bairstow would suffer from flashes of defeat which could be as short as his stay at the crease. Archer would be in disbelief after being at fringes for most part of England’s disintegration.
The plus point for England is that most of the new players were not part of humiliating defeat so they won’t have any mental scars. With Captain Eoin Morgan taking the charge of England’s squad the return of Jos Butler, who only witnessed success in the Test series, and players like Dawid Malan, Jason Roy and the Curran brothers, Tom and Sam, this England side will be one to beat. Also Moeen Ali will be back after his exit from the test format he have lot prove.
For India their best of best players will take the field for the T20I series. T Natarajan, Shardul Thakur & Navdeep Saini will be back on field & Bhuvneshwar Kumar will also make a comeback after a long gap due to an injury. Jasprit Bumrah will be out of the five match test series as he is going to get married so the fast bowling department will again be in the hands of youngsters.
Batting will be outstanding with Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya being further bolstered with the arrival of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Rahul Tewatia, with the last name also adding to the spin department with Yuzvendra Chahal, as will Washington Sundar.
Axar Patel is also in the team but the availability of bowler Varun Chakravarthy is still in question mark. Both the teams have some big players to show their skills when five match T20I series get started on Friday at the newly developed Stadium in Ahmedabad who has been in news for its turning pitches. How this factor will add to the twist is unknown but it can be said that we have lots of action awaiting in the five match T20I series.