Former England captain Michael Vaughan’s hyperbole reached another level on Saturday as predicted that the upcoming series-decider between India and England will be a dress-rehearsal for the T20 World Cup final in eight months’ time with Eoin Morgan’s team coming out trumps in the end.
The five-match T20I series between India and England will reach its culmination today with both sides vying to claim the rubber which is currently deadlocked at 2-2. If India wins the decider, then it will be their third consecutive T20I series win against England.
The pressure will be more on England though as they have fielded a full-strength team in this series as compared to India who are missing the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, and T Natarajan.
England started off the series on a brilliant note as they mauled India in the first match thanks to a brilliant bowling effort-led by their pacers in Mark Wood and Jofra Archer.
India fought back in a brilliant manner in the second match as they restricted England to 164 before chasing it down with ease thanks to half-centuries by debutant Ishan Kishan and skipper Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli produced a masterclass for the ages in the third match to help India recover from 3/24 to 6/156 but it didn’t prove to be enough as Jos Buttler’s outstanding knock sealed a 2-1 lead for the visitors.
The trend of win the toss and win the match was finally broken in the fourth T20I as Team India successfully defended their total of 185 thanks to a brilliant bowling performance-led by their seamers.
And, so ahead of the all-important series-decider, Michael Vaughan took to his Twitter account where he wrote-
”I reckon today’s T20 final could be the T20 World Cup final in 8 months … At the same venue … England to win … #INDvENG”
I reckon today’s T20 final could be the T20 World Cup final in 8 months … At the same venue … England to win … #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 20, 2021
Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan has once again won the toss and have decided to bowl first. While England have fielded an unchanged team, India has made one change to their playing 11 with KL Rahul making way for T Natarajan.