IND vs ENG 1st T20I: Rohit Sharma left out, Hardik Pandya has good news for fans


India vs England 1st T20I: Virat Kohli left everyone surprised as India decided to rest premier opener batsman Rohit Sharma from the playing XI for the first T20I against England in Ahmedabad. In a chat with former India spinner Murali Karthik, Virat Kohli said that the Indian opener will rest for a couple of matches. 

Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first.   

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“Probably would have bowled first as well. Dew is going to be a massive factor in the second half. Got to get into the game with the ball and restrict them. We were planning to do things like batting first in these conditions where bowling in the dew becomes a factor. It’s a good way to prepare for the World Cup. The next few months will be important from a team environment. Rohit is resting for the first couple of games,” Kohli said ahead of the toss. 

In Rohit’s absence, Shikhar Dhawan kicked-off the proceedings along with KL Rahul. 

Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya, who has been included in the playing XI confirmed that he will swing his arms in the limited-over series. The all-rounder, who is yet to contribute to the team with the ball since returning from his injury, confirmed he will be bowling in the series.  

“It’s been almost one and half months since I have been preparing in this format – it’s going to be important with the World T20 coming up. You will see me bowling in this series. The kind of depth we have now, we can express ourselves pretty well, I have always played situations in my life – will do whatever the team requires, but think I can play freely. It’s going to be a cracker of a series with the kind of depth they have. But T20 is such a format where things can change any time in the match,” Hardik said ahead of the contest. 

India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal accomplished a new feat as he is featuring in his 100 T20Is. 

PLAYING XI:  

India: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood  

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