Indian Playing XI for 3rd T20: Virat Kohli unlikely to disturb the winning XI, question only on KL Rahul’s place?

Indian Playing XI for 3rd T20: Virat Kohli unlikely to disturb the winning XI, question only on KL Rahul’s place?
Indian Playing XI for 3rd T20: Virat Kohli unlikely to disturb the winning XI, question only on KL Rahul’s place?

Indian Playing XI for 3rd T20 – Question on KL Rahul’s place? : Virat Kohli’s team India gave a picture perfect performance in 2nd T20. The bowlers bowled beautifully – especially the death bowling was phenomenal. The debutant Ishan Kishan performed and the captain himself was among the runs – only odd 1 out was KL Rahul. Rahul once again failed and this time could not even enter the scoring register. So will Virat Kohli and Indian think-tank make a change or will the winning XI will not be disturbed ?

India Playing XI for 3rd T20 – Will Kohli persist with KL Rahul ?

KL Rahul scored 1 in 1st T20, got out on 0 on 2nd T20 – so will Kohli still persist with Rahul. Rohit Sharma is yet to get a game in this T20 Series. According to Kohli ‘he is rested’ – will he be brought back now or will Virat still continue with Rahul ? This is the only question in front of Virat before the 3rd T20 schedule for Tuesday in Ahmedabad.

The problem is of plenty for India. Whoever Indian selectors and Kohli gives a chance, the player performs which makes it very difficult for them to be dropped next game. The case in point is Ishan Kishan. Kishan with brilliant performance in 2nd T20 will now be persisted with – this means one of Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul chances to make a comeback in the XI goes off.

Suryakumar Yadav was also included in XI for the 2nd T20 but he did not get a chance to show his batting prowess. It is but-natural that Kohli will continue with Surya in the XI for 3rd T20 and that too will mean end of the road for either KL Rahul or Shikhar Dhawan in the series.

According to two former chairman of selectors InsideSport.co spoke to – KL Rahul should be persisted with in the line-up.

“I strongly believe that KL Rahul is the best T2O batsman in the world. I will say he has been India’s find in the past few years and is waiting to be the next big thing for Team India. The idea of dropping him from the squad or playing someone else in his place if he is fit is just not done. It’s simply unthinkable,” MSK Prasad told Insidesport.co in an exclusive interview.

Same is the view-point of K.Srikanth.

“I still feel KL Rahul should be in XI. He is too good a batsman to fail again. Team should persist with him in XI and build his confidence”, said Srikanth

India Playing XI for 3rd T20 – InsideSport Likely Playing XI

1. Ishan Kishan, 2. KL Rahul / Rohit Sharma 3. Virat Kohli (C), 4. Shreyas Iyer 5. Suryakumar Yadav 6. Rishabh Pant 7. Hardik Pandya 8. Washington Sundar 9. Shardul Thakur 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11. Yuzvendra Chahal

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India vs England T20I: India could still claim World No 1 spot in ICC T20I rankings if they beat England 4-1

Meanwhile India’s hopes to become World No.1 T20 team in ICC Rankings is still alive. India needs victory by 4-1 in the series and with now 5 match T20 series tied at 1-1, India still can become World No. 1 in the ICC Rankings if they win the next 3 games. India made poor start to the series on Friday as they tamely lost the 1st T20 game to World No. 1 England team. England, thrashed hosts India by 8 wickets in the 1st T20I at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.

ICC T20 Team Rankings: India currenly No. 2, England World No. 1

Currently, India are placed 2nd on the ICC T20I rankings with 267 ratings while England have 277 ratings at the top of the table.

  • India by winning the 2nd T20I has got 1 point and England has lost 2.
  • If now India beat England in the 3rd T20I as well, Virat Kohli’s men will earn additional two ratings and England will lose two more.
  • A win in the 4th T20I for India will make it even and India will move to No 1 momentarily, sharing the spot with England, equal on 271 ratings each.