India will take on England in the five-match T20 International series starting on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. While England have named a fairly experienced team, India have included some new players who will be eager to make their debut for the national team. With the T20 World Cup in India at the end of the year, the hosts will be seen trying out some new players as they tackle their best combination ahead of the marquee event.
The new names in India's team for the India vs England T20I series are as follows:
Of all the players who could make their India debut in the series against England, Suryakumar Yadav is perhaps the most awaited. Mumbai's batsmen have been knocking on the door for the past few years and after another brilliant Indian Premier league (IPL) season for the Mumbai Indians, they have finally earned their first ever India call-up.
Yadav has scored 3567 runs in 140 matches in 70 matches. In IPL 2020, he scored 480 runs at a strike rate of 145.01 and helped Mumbai Indians win their fifth title. When he plays No.3 for MI, captain Virat Kohli stays at that position in the national team, so Yadav could come in at number 4.
Another player of Mumbai Indians who has created a lot of discussion, but before this Ishaan Kishan did not get a call. The left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman had a wonderful season, as he piled on runs in the middle order and as an opener, when he was at the top in place of an injured Rohit Sharma. He was the champion's highest run scorer as he scored 516 runs at an average of 57.33 and his best season in the IPL with a strike rate of 145.76.
However, he will have to face strong competition for a spot in the side, notably the left-arm wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant called back the team in addition to KL Rahul, who wore gloves in Pant's absence.
The all-rounder burst into stardom during the IPL 2020 with a dramatic knock against the Punjab Kings for the Rajasthan Royals. Denying a strike by his batting partner Sanju Samson due to his inability to connect with the ball on the day, Tewatia went from villain to hero as he hit five sixes in an over against Baton Cottrell to help the Royals. Killed. Highest fours in IPL 2020.
Tewatia has also demonstrated mastery of his leg-spin bowling along with superb fielding and is now trying to score the most runs in his first national match.
The mystery spinners of Kolkata Knight Riders missed out on India's tour of Australia with an injury, but will get another chance against England. In a turbulent season that missed KKR in the knockout stages, Chakraborty was one of the bright spots as opposition teams often failed to decode his spin bowling.
He picked up his dream wicket of MS Dhoni during the tournament and recorded 5/20 against Delhi Capital finalizing the IPL 2020 best bowling figures. While he has to face stiff competition from many skilled spinners, in which five matches are played, he can expect to get some games.
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