India’s decision with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the fifth and final T20I of the series against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad was welcomed by former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel and former England off-spinner Graeme Swann.
India’s captain Virat Kohli won the toss – which England won and opted for the first fielding – announced on Saturday that he would open the batting path for India in the 5th T20I with Rohit Sharma.
KL Rahul was left out as India decided to play the role of an extra bowler in left-handed seamer T Natarajan.
Your best two players should play as many deliveries as possible and they are the best players in India. And Virat initially likes speed. I particularly like the move that they did it in the crunch game.
Swann also agreed on Parthiv and said that both Kohli and Rohit are India’s best players and could do more damage at the top of the order.
I agree that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are the best players in India and they are very good against pace. So yes, an over from Rashid, which I am expecting, is quick.
Speaking about India’s team combination – they have gone with six bowling options for the first time since the opening match of the series, Parthiv said that this should be the way forward for India. He said that playing six bowlers gives you more attacking options.
I’m not surprised at all. I think it’s a slightly negative attitude when you play an extra batsman. When you go with an extra bowler, that means you are trying to outplay the opposition and ban them early. I think this is something India should clearly pursue, depending on the wicket on which they play.
On the other hand, England went with the side unchanged. The series is currently closed at 2–2.
India playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (W), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar and T Natarajan.
England Playing XI: Jason Roy, Jose Butler (W), David Malan, Johnny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Sam Curren, Chris Jordan, Joffra Archer, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood.