India beat Australia in T20I series – Virat Kohli’s Team India next target World no. 1 England: Team India is on a roll as they defeated Australia 2-1 in the three-match series and now Virat Kohli and co. will target world no.1 T20I team England, who will tour India in February-March in 2021.
India will host England for four Test matches, three ODIs and five T20Is and the Men in Blue will be eager to prove their dominance in T20 cricket when they take on the England while also aiming to climb up in ICC T20I rankings tally as they are currently placed third just behind Australia, who are second in the tally.
Moreover, the five-match series will also serve as litmus-test for India and England ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to commence in October 2021. Also, the T20Is will be an opportunity for both the teams to sort out their playing XI ahead of the marquee tournament.
India vs England T20I series: Clash of the titans
Notably, both India and England consist of some top T20 players. While the Men in Blue’s arsenal boasts of players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, England, on the other hand, have current T20 no. 1 batsman Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jonathan Bairstow, Jofra Archer.
Hence, the series can be dubbed as the clash of the titans.
India vs England T20I series: Players on radar of IPL franchises
The five-match T20I series between India and England will not only be a treat for fans but a crucial series for IPL franchises as they will keep a close eye on every player in a bid to shortlist the best players for the mega auction ahead of IPL 2021. BCCI is reportedly planning to hold a mega auction before the start of IPL 2021 season in April-May and it will see the franchises going all-in to revamp their respective sides.
India vs England T20I series: All eyes on Dawid Malan
English batsman Dawid Malan, who recently become the no.1 T20I batsman, will be a hot property at the Indian Premier League 2021 auctions. He created history by attaining the highest-ever rating points (915) for batsmen in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings.
He is a late bloomer in the international circuit and his sheer volume of runs in the shortest format speak for himself. The left-handed batsman has smashed 855 runs in just 19 T20I games at a whopping average of 53.44 and superb strike rate of 149.48.
Malan is often compared to Virat Kohli for his exceptional batting prowess. Furthermore, the fact that he is a left-handed and bats at number three, makes him one of the most sought after players in T20 cricket. All these skillsets make him an exceptional player and would be a big addition to sides those are looking for a big revamp.