Fresh from a relatively easy 2-0 whitewash over minnows Ireland, India's real test on the tour will start on Tuesday when the Virat Kohli-led brigade will be up against a formidable England side in the first of the three-match Twenty20 global series at the Old Trafford. I feel anyone who plays well on that particular day has better chances of winning. "No one can guarantee results, just wanting to win every session and every ball that we play". Axar Patel will replace him in the 50-over format.
"Surprisingly or funnily, I don't think from fans' or outside point of view".
When is England vs India, 1st T20 worldwide? We're going to be very flexible with the batting unit, we're not going to be one-dimensional.
"We expect England to come hard at us, and we certainly want to play some positive and hard-fought cricket", said Kohli.
"It's going to be an exciting series, for sure, and we believe we have the side to put up a great fight". If he manage to score eight more runs then Kohli will become the second Indian after Mithali Raj to achieve this milestone in overall T20 cricket.
Nonetheless, they are expected to face a stiff test against England, who are high on confidence after whitewashing world champions Australia in a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20I to kickoff the English summer in style. The wrist spinners comprising of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav wreaked havoc, first in South Africa and the against the minnows, Ireland. And Virat Kohli has taken the chatter down an unexpected road, talking about barriers being broken, warmth being felt, and relationships being fostered between the players of the two sides. Yet looking out at the sunshine yesterday he admitted it may have been of limited value in any case. "Takeaway from this tour obviously will be the way we play our cricket and the mindset and the attitude that we maintain for the length of the tour that we are here".
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"It doesn't matter whether I get runs or don't get runs [he got 258 at an average of 129], what I want is the team to play well and the team to win".
Here we predicted a playing XI of the Indian team for the first T20I against England. "And that's something that we're going to look at at doing in this series", Kohli revealed.
England (from): Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Dawid Malan.
INDIA: Sharma, Dhawan, Rahul, Kohli (capt), Dhoni (wkt), Karthik, Pandya, Kumar, U Yadav, K Yadav, Chahal.
Start: 5.30pm. Live on Sky Sports 2.