India begin England tour with 1st T20 at Manchester

Credits BCCI

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As a cricketer, you look for new challenges every now and then.

As on their last visit to this ground, for the thrilling one-wicket win over Australia eight days ago, England will find themselves playing while their football counterparts are in World Cup action in Russian Federation. He was calm, not the busybody, full of intent as he is on match day or training.

Skipper Virat Kohli faced Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul in the nets with special focus on yorkers. He continues to be one of the best Test batsmen for India, especially when playing overseas but his failure in the shorter formats of the game and the emergence of players like KL Rahul have led to his exclusion from both the formats of the game. England visited India back during the 2016-17 tour, and we won the trophy at that time. And having spoken to the guys who've come here and played. they said it was a great experience for them learning a lot more things about their game.

England made a typically quick start to their innings, Jason Roy taking 16 from the first two overs before Buttler got off the mark by scooping an 87mph delivery from Umesh Yadav over the 'keeper's head for head.

No wonder India are well placed to face a formidable England side in the three-match T20I series, the first of which is in Manchester on Tuesday.

Kohli is clear that India need to replicate the mindset and game they displayed on a tough tour of South Africa where they bounced back to win the final Test even though they lost the series 2-1.


Virat Kohli said India will be open to changing the batting order through the T20I series.

"Because we don't get to play so much cricket here before we come on tour".

Deepak Chahar, who appeared for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, will replace the Bowler for the T20I series as Bumrah is likely to return for the ODI series against England. We have enough T20 experience to know what to do when. We want to play competitive cricket. In such circumstances, it would be vital to maintain mental balance and team spirit, Kohli pointed out.

Ahead of the three-match T20I series, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that the team will be looking to win every ball and every session against the opposition.

For both England and India, the six-match limited-overs engagements - three Twenty20 Internationals, followed by as many One-Day Internationals - will offer useful practice with the World Cup to be hosted by England and Wales in less than 11 months. "Wind is different. From a familiarity point of view it is a thing of comfort when you get weather conditions like this as soon as you arrive here", Kohli said. Although Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli and MS Dhoni pick themselves, the rest of the top six remains undecided. "We're settled but we're going to be a lot more flexible", Kohli revealed.

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