The first T20I match of the five-match T20I series between India and England is scheduled to be held on Friday, the 12th of March, 2021 at 7 pm Indian Standard Time. The match is supposed to be held at the Motera Stadium of Ahmedabad. India and England are known for being two of the most prominent cricketing rivals of the world.
The hosts will be eager to prove their worth in limited over cricket after having dominated in the matches of the test series. India won the test series 3-1 and thus have the Anthony de Mello Trophy 2020-21. England had started the tour of India on a high note, having defeated the hosts in the very first test match. They shall be trying to assert their cricketing abilities in the limited-overs game to stage a turnaround in the series.
The rivalry between the India Vs England teams was visible all throughout the test series. Both the teams fought hard to capture the matches. After the first match, India was very demoralized while the English side was very jubilant. However, India staged a quick comeback in the upcoming tests, with its two spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel taking the lead. Ashwin picked up his 400th test wicket in the course of the series while Patel picked up four five-wicket hauls in the course of the series.
The English side failed to read the line and length of the balls, and ended up losing their wickets. All the pitches were conventional turning tracks that are generally seen in the subcontinent. T20I matches however are known for being different. Players are more inclined towards striking the ball hard and pitches are known for favouring hitting the ball hard. This shall be a different challenge thus for both the teams. India and England have faced each other in T20Is multiple times till now. The two teams have played a total of 14 T20I matches against each other, in which India has won 7 of the matches and England has won 7 of the matches. The two teams thus have an even record against each other. This shall be clearer once we look at who all are playing in the series this time.
India Vs England Squad News
Both the teams have multiple talented players. The Indian team shall be having talented players like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant. Rishabh Pant has been on fire in the test series and fans would expect him to extend his purple patch to this series as well. The hard-hitting all-rounder Hardik Pandya is also back in the squad, adding even more strength to the team. Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar are the fast bowlers who are likely to be included, along with Yuzvendra Chahal for his spinning abilities. KL Rahul has been included in the squad, but there is still some doubt regarding whether he shall be playing in this match. Shreyash Iyer is also a part of the squad, but it remains to be seen whether he will be included in the team or not.
The English team, on the other hand, shall not be having its prominent fast bowler Jofra Archer playing in this match due to an elbow injury. Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Dawid Malan are in the squad for the T20Is. All the three are known for their hard-hitting skills, and they shall constitute a formidable top-order for England. Eoin Morgan, who is both the captain and the mainstay of their middle order, is also a player to watch out for. Chris Jordan shall be heading the bowling attack, and all the three all-rounders of the team – Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Moeen Ali will probably be playing in the first match.
India Vs England T20I Squads
India squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Ishan Kishan (wk), Varun Chakravarthy, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, T Natarajan, Rahul Tewatia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur.
England squad: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Jason Roy, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.
Both the teams have been known for cricketing abilities and that is precisely why they have been able to attract such huge numbers of cricketing fans to them. Given the squads and the latest news, this T20I match does appear to promise good cricket, much to the rejoice of cricket fans.