ENG vs IND: India's predicted playing XI for 1st T20I

ENG vs IND: India’s predicted playing XI for 1st T20I

Rohit Sharma is set to make a comeback.

India. (Photo Source: BCCI)

After white-washing Ireland in the two-match T20I series, team India will take on second-seeded England in T20Is, as Southampton gears up to host the series opener on Thursday (July 7th). The good news for team India is that their regular all-format skipper Rohit Sharma will be back in action after missing out on the rescheduled fifth Test match, owing to Covid positive reports.

England will step into the game under the leadership of Jos Buttler as the hosts will look to outplay the top-seeded T20 side i.e. India. The three-match series is being considered the perfect preparation for both sides as they both will eye to horn their arsenal before T20I World Cup 2022, scheduled later this year in Australia.

Let’s look at India’s probable playing XI for the 1st T20I against England:

1. Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images)

India’s regular all-format skipper Rohit Sharma is already out of isolation and started his preparation for the white-ball series. He will kick start his England tour with the first T20I and will hope to get much-needed runs under his belt after a horrific IPL 2022 stint. In the absence of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma will get the company of his Mumbai Indians teammate Ishan Kishan at the top order as the pair is expected to start the proceedings for team India.

2. Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan. (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Ishan Kishan has been in impressive form recently as he smashed 191 runs in four innings of a five-match T20I against South Africa. Although Ishan could not deliver performances up to his reputation in IPL 2022, the young Indian batter is considered a strong prospect to open India’s innings in future.

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