India thoroughly defeated England in the first T20I on Thursday at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, to lead the three-game series 1-0. It was a team effort by the Rohit Sharma led side that helped to win the match comfortably by 50 runs. While Hardik Pandya shone with his all-round performance — 51 from 33 with the bat and 4/33 with the ball — Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal also played well in their respective divisions.
The Indian team management will have some good selection headaches in the second T20I as Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant will return to the Indian squad after the break given to them for workload management.
Here’s what we think could be India’s XI for the second T20I against England:
Rohit Sharma (c): The Indian skipper looked good on his 14-ball 24 against England in the first T20I. While he had a good time as a skipper becoming the first captain to record 13 T20I wins in a row, Rohit would also like to achieve some batting milestones.
Ishan Kishan: The southpaw didn’t impress in the first match with his 8-run knock coming from 10 balls. He is also eager to get India off to a solid start with veteran Rohit on the other side.
Virat Kohli: While Deepak Hooda has done nothing wrong with the chances he has been given for India lately, he will probably make way for Kohli who will return to the playing XI after missing the last match.
Suryakumar Yadav: The righthander was in the spotlight again with his 360-degree at bat. Against England in the first T20I, Suryakumar played a 39-run knock-off 19 balls and confidence in his striker was obvious to the eye.
Hardik Pandya: The most important thing that would have mattered to the player and India is the return of Hardik the bowler, who has been missing lately. Hardik registered 4/33 with the ball after hitting his first T20I fifty in the first innings.
Dinesh Karthik: The team management could focus on giving Dinesh Karthik more playing time. He has looked good in the limited amount of hitting opportunities he has been given and would like to explore more before the T20 World Cup kicks off. Meanwhile, Karthik will also need to focus on his wicketkeeping, which could have been better in the first T20I against England.
Axar Patel: The southpaw had an average game against England in the first T20I. He scored 17 runs off 12 balls and gave up 23 runs on his two overs which he threw in the game.
Harshal Patel: The pacer with the right arm gave numbers of 1/24 in his three overs. He has picked wickets for India on a consistent basis, but has also leaked runs on some occasions.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: The right arm bowler was in vintage form during the first T20I against England. Even opponent captain Jos Buttler, whom he took out for a golden duck, was full of praise for him. Bhuvneshwar gave marks of 1/10 in his three overs but his performance was way above the stats.
Jasprit Bumrah: The right arm pacer returns to the Indian squad after being fitted for the first T20I as part of workload management. After a modest 2022 IPL, Bumrah would be eager to regain his cue ball supremacy. He is expected to enter the playing XI in place of Arshdeep Singh, who is not in the roster for the second and third T20Is against England.
Yuzvendra Chahal: The leg spinner continues to grow in confidence with each passing match. In the first T20I against England, Chahal returned 2/32 in his four overs. He has been a consistent wicket taker for India.