11. Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah picked up two wickets against New Zealand and looked in some form. The fact that he has bowled at an economy rate of 5.85 shows that he has been able to keep a check on the run-scoring.
10. Mohammed Shami
Speedsters Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah haven’t been at their best either. However, the team management would back him considering their caliber and form in IPL 2021.
9. Ravichandran Ashwin
spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who played his last T20I game in 2017, might come into the picture.
8. Shardul Thakur
Although Shardul Thakur replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaced in India’s last fixture, it didn’t help India much. Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy has been able to restrict the run-flow.
7. Ravindra Jadeja
The southpaw hasn’t been at his best in the global event. While he has played a couple of handy cameos, the left-arm spinner needs to do some talking with the ball as well.
6. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya bowling a couple of overs was probably India’s only takeaway from the New Zealand clash. However, the dasher needs to showcase his big-hitting abilities to help the inaugural-season champions.
5. Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant, who scored a quick-fire 39 against Pakistan, is next in the batting order and the southpaw also has a job in hand.
4. Suryakumar Yadav
Kohli will be followed by Suryakumar Yadav. Having missed the New Zealand clash due to a niggle, Yadav is likely to replace his Mumbai Indians teammate Ishan Kishan to strengthen the middle-order.
3. Virat Kohli (C)
Indian skipper Virat Kohli will come out to bat at number three and he’ll have a point to prove. The talismanic batter scored a fighting half-century against Pakistan but couldn’t replicate his heroics against the Kiwis.
Unlike New Zealand Pakistan, Afghanistan don’t have a daunting set of opening bowlers. Hence, Rahul and Rohit’s challenge might ease down a bit.
1. Rohit Sharma
Ishan Kishan was sent to open alongside KL Rahul while Rohit Sharma surprisingly came out to bat at number three. Although it would be harsh to drop Kishan after just one failure, the team management should go back to their initial batting combination.