India announced the playing XI for the first T20I

Lynette Rowe
July 4, 2018

"Obviously in T20 cricket, the wickets are going to be something that provides entertainment to the crowd, so there's no one team that has the advantage". He was calm, not the busybody, full of intent as he is on match day or training. England would want to win it back in their home. India, too, have a winning record to show for themselves in the two T20s but that challenge pales in comparison with what lies ahead for Virat Kohli and co. Now a member of the India A squad for the one-day games, Pant will continue to be with the side for the longer format too.

"We have actually been able to create flat wickets into wicket-taking wickets with the variety we have in the attack", skipper Kohli had said, referring to his wrist-spinners before the team departed for the United Kingdom tour.

Chahar, who was the standout bowler for the IPL 2018 champion Chennai Super Kings, has put in some fine performances for India A in the ongoing tour of England. They're nine days of getting used to English weather - which is uncharacteristically warm at the moment - trying out different players, and "being flexible".

Two weeks ago when he left India, Kohli wanted to take a walk on the streets and enjoy a coffee. "As Jos has been saying for months now, it has done great things to his mindset and he's taking that on in every format", Kohli was all praise of the England batsman.

The visitors will play three T20 matches, three One-day Internationals and five Tests against England, starting with a 20-over clash in Manchester on Tuesday (tomorrow).Pandya will replace Washington Sundar for the T20 match and Patel will step in for Jasprit Bumrah in the ODI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said.

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And this what Kohli wants to go home with: the desire and intent to win every session of play.

"Because we don't get to play so much cricket here before we come on tour". From that point of view, we thought why can't we do it.why can't we go over and play in those conditions and get to know how the pitches work and all that. In such circumstances, it would be vital to maintain mental balance and team spirit, Kohli pointed out.

Thus, the Indian team will like to tick the right boxes. India has been consistent in the limited overs side in the past decade.

India vs England, 1st T20 match, will start at 10:00 pm IST. "We had a great time together", said Kohli.

India were so comfortable that when Rohit Sharma fell for 32, picking out Eoin Morgan at cover off Rashid, Rahul and Kohli could just knock around singles in a sedate conclusion. One priority is finding a settled slot in the top four for KL Rahul, and the other is figuring out which of the other options - of whom Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey and Suresh Raina are part of their current squad - is the best fit at No. 6.

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