India’s three-match T20I trip to England got off to a great start as they easily defeated England by 50 runs thanks to a performance inspired by Hardik Pandya. It was a good performance all around, with batsmen contributing significant runs and all bowlers working hard to prevent England from ever having a chance to win.

With 24(14) and looking in excellent form, India’s skipper Rohit Sharma got things going with a straight one past Moeen Ali. He was paired with an uncoordinated Ishan Kishan, who may be replaced by the victorious Virat Kohli or maybe Rishabh Pant if some experimentation is on.

With Hardik Pandya getting a half-century and Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav both adding runs at a fairly rapid clip, the middle order proved to be the star of the show while facing the English attack. Pandya is one of the first names on the teamsheet due to his dual skills and recent maturation.

Dinesh Karthik has been in excellent form for his country and the IPL, but he will have to hold off the young Rishabh Pant, who is coming off a fantastic Test match at Edgbaston but has lately struggled in the shorter format. Axar Patel has been a consistent performer in Ravindra Jadeja’s absence, but now that the senior all-rounder is well again, Axar may have to forgo the experience and superior batting skills that Ravindra Jadeja offers in the lower order.

bowlers in the world, however, this would necessitate the exclusion of either Arshdeep Singh or Harshal Patel. The debut of Arshdeep was amazing, but Harshal has the potential to transform the game. Yuzvendra Chahal has once again shown himself worthy of a berth on the limited-overs squad, and under any circumstance, his cunning personality makes him a challenging client.