After emerging favorites to win the test series against England, India have proved to be favorites in the shortest format as well. But, will they ace it like the test series, or is it going to be the visitors who will prevail at the end? However, India has been the only nation to defeat England in the past few years in the T20I format. India defeated England in the years 2017 and 2018 with the same margin of 2-1.
With the T20 World Cup approaching by the end of the year, this series of India vs England will be extremely important as both teams are looking to finalize a proper squad before the T20 extravaganza begins.
With battles like Dawid Malan vs KL Rahul & Hardik Pandya vs Ben Stokes happening, here are the top picks to must-have in your teams for this series:
India’s T20 specialist batsman is back in the limited-overs squad and has been taken off from the burden of being the 1st choice wicket-keeper. With Rishabh Pant back in the mix of things, KL would be raring to go with the bat and it simply does not matter whether he opens or comes in at number 4 to bat. His utility as a player has been established really well in the past few years. He is currently the number 2 T20 international batsman in the world so he makes a must-have in your team averaging an insane 44.06 in the shortest format.
While Rahul is at number 2, it’s Dawid Malan who aces the T20 format at the top of the rankings. Malan has played 19 T20 internationals and averages an unreal 53+ in the shortest format. The major problem, however, remains that he does not have a lot of experience of playing in India, but the kind of batting style he has is made for this format since he plays the field and game situations really well.
India’s go-to choice as a frontline spinner Yuzi Chahal will remain to be the pick of the bowlers. His flight bowling has outfoxed England in the past and he has his best bowling figures of 6/25 against the same side in the year 2017 where he affected the famous English collapse that failed to reach a meagre target set by India. Yuzi also had a decent Australia series and has picked 59 wickets in just 45 games. With England struggling against spin, he would be the go-to guy for King Kohli.
One of the best all-rounders in the world in the shortest format is back and how! Hardik has not only improved in technique as a finisher but also has started bowling in the nets with full swing and a slightly tweaked action. If he contributes in both departments, he can actually grab a maximum number of fantasy points for your fantasy cricket team. He’s got great memories of the Australia series recently and would be looking for another blitzkrieg against England this season.
The English Captain has evolved as a specialist T20 batsman. He might not be the most dangerous but definitely the most underrated batter in the England side. Morgan has got great experience playing on the Indian tracks with his Indian T20 season stints and once he gets set, he can really break the backbone of the Indian attack. Especially with no Bumrah, Shami the Indian bowlers will struggle against him if he gets going. A proper finisher in the format, Morgan averages 31 in T20Is
There are however some punt picks that will come in handy like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan making their Indian T20I debut in this tournament. Their credit values will be less if these two get a chance to play and get going, it’s going to be a lip-smacking contest between the 2 sides.
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