India vs England: 3 Indian Players Who Can Be Removed From The Playing XI Of 2nd T20I And Their Possible Replacements

India vs England: 3 Indian Players Who Can Be Removed From The Playing XI Of 2nd T20I And Their Possible Replacements

Rohit Sharma Shikhar Dhawan
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Image Credits: Twitter

England has moved 1-0 up in the five-match T20 series already and India needs some changes in their lineup to create a turnaround in the second T20i to be held tomorrow. The Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma was rested for the first T20 and it proved costly as the top order perished very early against the England pack attack. Eoin Morgan was sublime with his captaincy and his bowling changes.

England looked like a totally different team on the pitch to the tests they played and their body language was so confident. India lacked a lot of depth in their bowling and wasn’t effective enough against the aggressive England batsman. Lots to worry for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli ahead of the second T20 and here are 3 Indian Players who can be removed from the playing XI of 2nd T20I.

3 Indian Players Who Can Be Removed From The Playing XI Of 2nd T20I And Their Possible Replacements

Shikhar Dhawan To Be Replaced By Rohit Sharma:

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan[photo: Twitter]
Shikhar Dhawan was given the nod due to his excellent performances in the IPL last year, but it did not pan out as he would have liked and he was dismissed for 4 runs facing 12 deliveries in the first T20. The manner in which he got out was very disappointing and he should have taken his chance wisely with the T20 WorldCup coming up. India should look to bring in Rohit for the second T20.

Rohit Sharma has an outstanding T20 record and has the highest number of centuries in the T20 internationals. He is a match-winner in any format he plays and his role will be very crucial in the T20 WorldCup. With very few T20 internationals available for India before the T20 World Cup, Rohit and Rahul need to open and settle at the top as soon as possible.

Axar Patel To Be Replaced By Rahul Tewatia:

Axar Patel, India
Axar Patel. Image Credits: BCCI

Axar Patel who was brilliant in the test match series against England did not have the best outing in the first T20 as he conceded 24 runs in the 3 overs he bowled and did not take any wickets. Being the replacement for Jadeja in the lineup, Axar needs to offer a lot more with the bat and India would have hoped that he gets a lot more wickets. The all-rounder can be replaced with IPL sensation Rahul Tewatia for the second T20.

Rahul Tewatia managed to exhibit his batting skills in the last IPL and earned his maiden call-up for the T20s. He can be very economical in the middle overs as well and provides a better option. With Chahal already in the side as a leggie, India could separate the eight overs between them releasing a lot of pressure in the bowling department. He could be an excellent finisher at seven with his striking capabilities.

Shardul Thakur To Be Replaced By Deepak Chahar:

Shardul Thakur, India
Shardul Thakur. Image Credits: Twitter

Shardul Thakur was picked up in the first T20 as a bowling all-rounder and he failed to impress in both departments. He bowled two overs for 16 runs without taking a wicket and bowled three wides. India sent him at seven after Hardik Pandya and he was dismissed for a golden duck on a short ball. India needs swing bowlers upfront who could take early wickets and Thakur could be replaced by Deepak Chahar.

Deepak Chahar who came into the limelight after an impressive IPL season for the Chennai Super Kings is most likely to come into the playing XI for the second T20 for his ability to take early wickets. Chahar has the best bowling figures for an Indian bowler in T20s with 6 wickets for just seven runs and has been economical as well. This will also be the best opportunity for him to make a strong case for himself to the selectors.