India v England T20 Series: Questions over Indian Team Selection

After a successful Test (4-0) and ODI (2-1) Series, Kohli’s India walked into the first T20 at Kanpur full of confidence but lost by 7 wickets. Just as we said in our preview, T20 England is an entirely different beast.

Virat Kohli has an outstanding 63% win rate in test matches (after 22 tests at the helm), an 80% win rate in ODIs (after 20 ODIs at the helm), so will want to quickly turn around his 0% success rate after his first T20 as skipper.

One key element of a skipper’s responsibility lies in team selection, and India’s 7-wicket loss in Kanpur leaves us wondering whether others would have fared better in the starting XI. Today we look at the 4 men from the 15-person squad who didn’t make the cut in Kanpur.

Mandeep Singh

His 3 previous T20I innings have clocked up 31, 52* and 4, neither great nor abysmal. With a first class average of over 44, and 5 scores of 50+ in his past 10 outings since August 2016, form is on his side, but a T20 career average of 25.65 at a strike rate of 122 isn’t good enough to guarantee him a spot in the side. Given a chance, he will need to really maximise any opportunity to show that he belongs at the international level.

Rishabh Pant

Pant got picked up by his home team of Delhi Daredevils for IPL 2016 and showed sparks of brilliance including a high score of 69 off just 40 balls against Gujarat, but didn’t do so consistently enough. His 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season included a triple century against Maharashtra, and a scintillating 48-ball century against Jharkhand. At age 19, Pant still has a long way to go, and we hope to see him get his T20 international cap against England – as a bonus, he keeps wicket, and can be looked at as a limited overs successor to MS Dhoni.

Amit Mishra

The first of two bowlers to miss out in Kanpur, Mishra needs no introduction. At 34 years of age, he has never consistently played for Team India, but his 199 domestic T20 wickets at an economy rate of just over 7 speak for themselves. He has a tendency to be expensive, but also pick up key wickets at critical times. Chahal’s performance in the first T20 means he will likely retain his spot, but Mishra may better a better option than Rasool, particularly since 5 of England’s top 8 are right handers.

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

Nehra and Bumrah were picked over Bhuvi in the first T20, but together they gave 9.24 runs an over for 0 wickets. Bhuvi has incredible control of the new ball, and England picked up 36-0 in their first 3 overs of pace, so Kohli will be looking seriously at bringing him in for the Nagpur outing.

The second T20I between India and England is in Nagpur on Sunday, Jan 29th, 2017 at 7.00pm IST/1.30pm GMT. Remember to subscribe to all our blog posts here.

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