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. Virat Kohli is yet to hit a century in the limited over format.
With less than a year to go for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales, skipper Virat Kohli on Monday indicated that India would try out a few combinations in the series against England, starting with the first of three T20Is here on Tuesday. The weather is expected to remain pleasant with no signs of rain and humidity of about 40%.
"Take away from this tour will obviously be the way we play our cricket, the mindset and attitude we maintain for the length of the tour that we play". Because it is not such a long batting innings, we can afford to do that. "We expect England to come hard at us, and we certainly want to play some positive and hard-fought cricket", said Kohli. However, in the T20I format, they haven't been at their best in the recent past.
Even at the cost of a T20I series defeat, if India can walk into the ODIs knowing, for instance, how Jos Buttler reacts to dot ball pressure, or what area of the ground Jason Roy prefers to target against their wrist spinners, they will feel enriched. It normally exposes sides like ourselves and South Africa and Australia to spin, reverse swing, different challenges to that we are normally used to.
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The Indian bench strength looks good too and can fit in the side as and when the situation demands.
Krunal Pandya is in frame to replace the injured Sundar.
It will be interesting to see whether his replacement, Deepak Chahar, gets his maiden cap even though senior pro Umesh Yadav looks a more likely replacement. Up front, Kohli was asked whether India were ready for the "stern" test posed by England, who had recently blanked out Australia 6-0 in white-ball cricket.
From a team that once relied heavily on captain Morgan and one-off stars like Ben Stokes, the current English unit boasts of several quality players like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow. Therein, they did endure a torrid time in the tri-series against the latter two sides (earlier in March), losing three out of four games. England didn't require his services with the bat but we've witnessed how risky he can be on his day.
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The Red Devils are right in the midst of their golden generation, with so many of their most important players now in their physical primes.
And this what Kohli wants to go home with: the desire and intent to win every session of play. That option will be dependent on pitch conditions, but it has been two very hot days by Manchester standards, and so both spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal could come into play in the baking sun.
India were dealt a double injury blow ahead of their limited-overs clashes against England with Washington Sundar joining Jasprit Bumrah on the sidelines. I just want the team to do well and I want to contribute as much as I can.
Match starts at 10 p.m. IST.
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