The Indian cricket team defeated England by 50 runs in the first T20I match at Southampton. India have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against England. Rohit Sharma led the Indian team that played a fearless brand of cricket against England and won in a comprehensive manner.
Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah were some of the stars missing from the first T20I. All of them are expected to play in the second T20I match against England. It would be a tough headache for Rohit Sharma to fit in all these players in the Indian playing XI.
Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav are already doing great at the No.4 batting position. It would be interesting to see which Batting position would be taken by Virat Kohli in the next match. Former England spinner Graeme Swann gave his opinion on this debate about the batting position of Virat Kohli.
“As I see it here, I see it fairly obviously, if Virat Kohli comes in, he opens the batting instead of Kishan. That’s what I would do, but I have got nothing to do with the Indian selections. When you have got a player as good as Virat, you don’t want him batting at No. 3 in the middle overs because he is not going to score as quickly as SKY or Hooda when they first come in, that’s not his game,” Swann said.
“I am enjoying my cricket right now” – Hardik Pandya
Take a 1-0 lead in the series.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2022
Hardik Pandya played the most crucial role in the win of the Indian team against England in the first T20I. He hit a brilliant fifty with the bat and then picked a four-wicket haul with the bowl. Pandya bowled with a good pace. Hardik was awarded Player of the Match for his brilliant all-round performance.
Hardik Pandya in the post-match presentation said, “I am enjoying my cricket right now. For me, a lot of time goes into the preparation to get my body ready. The kind of break I took before this run of play I want to capitalize on the opportunities. I felt I needed that break. It is about giving your 100% and when you don’t do that, there is no point playing.”