India’s Road to World T20 2021: Takeaways from IND vs ENG T20I Series

India's Road to World T20 2021: Take aways from IND vs ENG Series
Image Credits: Hindustan Times

A lot many heads turned in appreciation when two of the greatest Indian batsmen decided to join hands and opened for the first time in Indian colors. Virat Kohli joining Rohit Sharma at the top turned out to be a huge blessing for the men in blue as the philosophy of ‘giving most of the time to your best batsman’ came true and both these players dominated the English bowling for the very first time in the whole series and that too during the powerplay.

With the T20I World Cup commencing, India is looking to find the right combination of experience, class, flamboyance, and young talent before they can finalize a squad that can dominate the entire tournament.

Here are the Key Takeaways from the recently Concluded India vs England T20I Series:

  • Ishan Kishan: An Explosive Top-Order Option

    Bihar Boy Ishan Kishan
    Credits: Outlook India

    In the 2nd T20I match, the flamboyant left-hander got his major call up for the playing XI side in Indian colors, and boy, did he make a piece of it. Ishan’s 56 off just 32 deliveries got England on the backfoot and it was evident to see that he was playing without any pressure on his shoulders. He played his natural game but could not carry it forward in the next but he does make a sure shot backup for a top-order blazing left-hander (read Shikhar Dhawan).

  • Suryakumar Yadav: A Surgical Aggressor

    Suryakumar Yadav
    Credits: India Today

    The entire nation was waiting for him to make his debut and in came Jofra Archer steaming, he moved back and greeted him with a pull shot to remember for the ages. SKY’s 57 & 32 are a trademark to his authority on the T20 side because he takes the pressure off Kohli, Iyer & Hardik Pandya in the middle order. In case of a top-order collapse, he can anchor the innings and in case of a flourish, he is happy to play the role of an aggressor.

  • Bhuvi: The Economy Master

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar
    Credits: Twitter

    A comeback to remember for the ages, Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept the England batsmen quiet in every situation of the game. He got early scalps and made sure they did not get the chase momentum required in the last 2 T20Is. Bhuvi alongside Shami & Jasprit Bumrah would be lethal on pacer-friendly wickets like Pune & Ahmedabad so he makes it to our World T20 XI for the Indian Cricket team.

  • Kohli-Rohit: Match Made in heaven?

    Kohli-Rohit: Match made in heaven?
    Credits: DNA India

    After so many permutations and combinations, we finally saw the 2 batting greats at the top of the order complimenting each other and for the very first time dominating the English bowlers in the powerplay. Rohit’s attacking frame compliments Kohli’s anchor role that makes a perfect combo for any T20 side. While Kohli has confirmed his opening slot during the Indian T20 Season, it remains to see whether the same would happen during the World Cup.

  • The Role of KL Rahul

    Kannur Lokesh Rahul
    Credits: India Today

    The apple of everyone’s eye 12 months ago, Mr. Utility KL Rahul is now being questioned on his poor form in the series. KL got out on 3 ducks and a total of 17 runs in the 5 match series, a form that cost him a place in the final XI of the 5th T20. However, if he returns to form for his Punjab Kings side, KL will look to play at any place in the XI but it remains to see how Pant fares in the upcoming season of the Indian T20 league because presently they both are like-for-like replacements for each other.

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