Mohali (EMS). Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, the Indian team will enter the first match of the three-match T20 series against Afghanistan on Thursday with the intention of winning. The aim of the Indian team will be to make a good start in this series. The Indian team has always won against Afghanistan so far. In such a situation, she will be a strong contender for victory. Apart from Rohit, experienced batsman Virat Kohli is also making a comeback from this series. With the arrival of these two, the Indian team has improved further. Both of them would like to cement their claim for the upcoming T20 World Cup by performing better in this series. This three-match series is the last for India before the upcoming T20 World Cup, so its aim will be to strengthen its preparations by performing better.
In this series, young players Tilak Verma, Rinku Singh and many others have also been given opportunities. And they would also like to grab everyone’s attention. Experienced Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya have not been included in the series due to injuries.
Rohit and Kohli would like to improve their preparation for the World Cup by scoring big scores against Afghanistan. On the other hand, Afghanistan team will be without its star spinner Rashid Khan who is still not fully fit after back surgery in November. Afghanistan captain Ibrahim Zadran said, ‘He is not completely fit. We will miss him and his absence will affect our performance but we have to be prepared for all kinds of situations. Inspired by the good performance in the last World Cup, the Afghanistan team would like to perform better. Despite the absence of Rashid, the team has Mujeeb Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai.
And there are also great players like Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Both Virat and Rohit are favorites of the spectators and their play creates a lot of excitement about this match in Mohali. Captain Rohit Sharma would like to repeat his aggressive style in the powerplay. On the other hand, Kohli would like to play with a better strike rate in the middle overs. In this series, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tilak Verma are in the team but only Shubman Gill will start the innings along with Rohit. Gill’s performance in South Africa was not that good and in such a situation he would like to score well.
Rinku Singh performed brilliantly in South Africa and will look to fill the void left by injured Suryakumar and Pandya in the middle order. The responsibility of wicketkeeping will go to either Jitesh Sharma or Sanju Samson. Jitesh, who has kept wicket in the last two series, is expected to get preference. Shivam Dubey is also in the team and can play as a fast bowler all-rounder.
The responsibility of fast bowling will be on Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan and Mukesh Kumar. Kuldeep Yadav will handle the responsibility of spin while one of Akshar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi and Washington Sundar will get the place as the second spinner.
Both the teams are as follows:
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Tilak Verma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Arsdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar.
Afghanistan: Ibrahim Zadran (captain), Azmatullah Umarzai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper), Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqui, Mujeeb ur Rehman, Hazratullah Zazai.
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