With a new format and series, England will be aiming to start fresh and write a different story compared to the recently concluded test series against India. Being No 1 side in the format, the English will be looking to stamp their dominance. Today we take a look at players who will be keen to lead the charge for their dominance.
A change of format means England can start anew as this means Eoin Morgan, England limited over skipper is back. He is the most experienced player in the T20 side and also their highest run-getter. Regarded as one of the best finishers in the game, He will be expected of top performances right from the get-go. Under his captaincy, England has topped No 1 rankings in ICC’s all limited over formats.
The left-handed batsman has scored 2278 runs in T20’s at a strike rate of 138.98, and that number increases to 146 when he plays India. He holds a fairly decent record in India that includes a century, two fifties, and an average of 25.33. Having the ability to hit sixes at will, He is one of the only six batsmen to have hit hundred sixes with a total of 113, behind only Rohit Sharma with 127 and Martin Guptil with 139. Having not made much of an impact in the last T20 series he played against South Africa, he will be expecting to right those wrongs.
In light of England’s rotation policy, After being a part of the first Test squad which England won. Eoin Morgan was sent back home and rested for the final three tests. The wicketkeeper will be fresh and keen to make an impact in the upcoming T20’s. Opening the innings for the English and forming an intimidating partnership with Jason Roy, The English keeper is another batsman who can hit sixes from the word go.
The right-handed batsman’s last innings was a 67 of 45 balls against South Africa, where he was one of the highest-scoring English batsmen in the series with an average of 48 hittings at a strike rate of 143.28. Against India he averages 43 per innings from the 12 T20i’s he has played, boasting a strike rate of 137.67. The Indian crowd will be well versed with him, from his exploits in the IPL. With his knowledge of the country, the batsman will be looking to continue his good run against the hosts.
Currently, the no.1 ranked T20 batsman of the game. Dawid Malan burst into the scene like a clap of thunder and having played only 19 T20I matches so far in his short career. He already has a century, the fastest in English history and nine fifties to his name. In Fact, he has scored only one single-digit score in his T20 career. The English batsman is an exquisite timer of the ball, often bailing England out of tough situations and playing to the need of the situation.
In the last T20 series he played, the 33-year-old finished the T20 series against South Africa ending up the highest run-getter with 173 runs from 3 matches at a strike rate of 161.68. Malan is just 145 runs shy of the 1K runs landmark and achieving it in this series would make him the fastest to do so. Although something of note is that, the English batsman has not played in the subcontinent conditions so far and that could work in India’s favor. But there is no doubt he remains a huge threat with his talents.
A superstar in his own right, many sing of his heroics in the English game. But the all-rounder hasn't made a huge impact in the T20 format of the game. A good showing in the last test with bat and ball where all five T20’s will be played, having momentum on his side. Ben Stokes will be looking to set that record straight. He will be a useful addition to the team to score some quick runs down the order and more than able with the ball.
He was part of the T20 side when England toured South Africa, England’s last T20 matches played before this series. And his performance was just a decent enough outing for the player. Scoring 53 runs at a strike rate of 132.60 with an average of 26.50 with the bat and picking up only 2 wickets at an economy of 8.0 from 3 matches. He has an even below-par record against India, managing only 60 runs from 4 T20 matches. Providing further depth in all departments of England’s game, the all-rounder will be looking forward to making his mark.
Even on the spin-friendly Indian tracks in the recently concluded Test Series, Jofra Archer's pace troubled the batsmen extracting good bounce and carry. Taking part in two Tests, The pacer missed out on the final test due to an elbow injury. Given his exploits in English cricket, He will be expected to lead the England bowling attack. Archer certainly counts as the X-factor taking into account all the fast bowlers in the team
The bowler so far has only played 7 T20 matches in his career taking 7 wickets bowling at an economy of 8 per over. His last 3 matches came against England's last T20 series in South Africa where he claimed 2 wickets from 3 matches. Archer can count upon his experience of playing in the IPL where he provided his team with outstanding performances, and the pacer will be looking to translate that into his International game.
With the T20 world cup in India fast approaching. Many English players will look at this as a valuable experience to prepare themselves for the Indian pitches. The host should expect the English to give their all and provide tough competition. Let us know which English player poses the most danger to the Indians.