India & England will face each other into the third T20I on Tuesday with the series tied at 1-1. India’s attempts at playing more aggressively got flopped in the first T20I as their batting order collapsed cheaply but a fiery half century on debut from Kishan Ishan guided India to a glorious victory in the second T20I. On the other hand, England chased a small total in the first T20I but could not set a huge target for India in the second T20I as they were facing problem in playing on slow pitches as admitted by Eoin Morgan.
India will now face a selection headache at the top of the order. Rohit Sharma is “rested for a couple of games” as said by Captain Virat Kohli before the first T20I match. While Shikhar Dhawan played in the first T20I as an opener but due to poor performance he was replaced by Ishan Kishan in the second T20I. Ishan’s spectacular 56 runs off 32 balls against England made his spot fixed in the T20I squad for the upcoming T20Is. Ishan’s aggressive batting is the kind of strategy which Kohli spoke about ahead of the T20I series.
KL Rahul failed to make a mark in both the T20Is so far but earlier he was seen as the first choice for opener batsman in T20Is along with Rohit Sharma. So it is yet to be seen if he will be dropped from the team to accommodate Rohit Sharma into the squad or if Ishan Kishan will have to make way, or if they both are kept in the team, with Kishan moving down the order.
Suryakumar Yadav also made a debut in the second T20I but with Kohli, Rishabh Pant & Shreyas Iyer coming before him in the batting order he did not get a chance to showcase his batting skills in the second T20I, so how the team management will handle his situation still remains a question mark.
On the other hand England are recognized as no.1 T20I team in the world but they have secure this feat by playing on quicker pitches which suit their strengths. With the T20I World Cup scheduled to take place in India alter this year, Morgan highlighted the importance of playing on slower conditions in T20I series to give England’s players the opportunity to learn how to perform their best on such pitches ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Mark Wood is likely to make a return, and will most probably replace the pacer Tom Curran. England’s batting order is stable but England will be hoping that someone apart from Jason Roy who has failed to score a half century in both the T20Is will put their efforts & play a big knock in the upcoming T20I matches.