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“Yes and no.” That was Virat Kohli’s smiling answer to whether India are planning to stick to their five-bowler strategy. He was speaking after India had just lost the third T20I to England by eight wickets and looked obligated to rethink their team combination.

All but that has come easy for India of late. India came into this series wanting to “bat freely” and not depend on “one batsman having to bat long.” And as fate would have it, that’s how they brought up their only win in the series so far.

In fact, it was Kohli, who in the lead-up to these games had spoken about wanting to break away from the “pattern,” playing the anchor at one end as Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant did their thing from the other.

The win had come at the cost of a bowler, a strategy that backfired for India only a couple of nights later. They struggled for wiggle room in bowling against an all-attacking Jos Buttler who would take England to victory.

India’s World Cup campaign later this year might be played on better surfaces at the start of the cricket season in India, but these games against England, in these sticky conditions, are all India might have to prepare. The experiments then, are likely to continue.

It will be interesting to see how India react to Tuesday’s loss, and how they prop up their bowling without taking too much away from the batting. Finding an all-rounder, who makes their batting and bowling greater than the sum of its parts, will be a good start.

Match Information

Match: IND vs ENG

Series: England tour of India, 2021

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Time: 19:00 local / 13:30 GMT / 18:30 PST

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad



Pitch Conditions:

Red soil or black, the pitch has been a bit difficult to bat on, especially in the first innings. In the seven knockout games in the 2020-21 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, India’s domestic T20 tournament, the average first innings total was only 138. And as many as five games were won by teams batting second. The decision to chase might not change from whoever wins the toss out of Virat Kohli and Eoin Morgan, but a change in the pattern of these bat-second-and-win games will be welcome.

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Today’s Playing XI:

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal

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

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