Currently, after three matches, the visitors lead the series by 2-1, having won the first and the third game emphatically, but a loss in the second game suggests the world number 1 ICC T20 team still has bases left to cover before the mega-event.
Mark Wood, who was brilliant in both of England’s wins as he bowled with searing pace breaking the Indian top-order, says that it would be a ‘brilliant achievement’ if Eoin Morgan’s side – who are unbeaten in their last 8 T20I series – can thump Virat Kohli’s men – unbeaten in their previous 7 short-format series – especially in their own backyard.
“Brilliant achievement it will be to win against India in India. They are a top side; it will give us huge confidence going into the English summer and the World Cup being here, although we are trying a few different things and a few different rules for certain players.
“It is a good opportunity when you put wins on the board as we did before the 50-over World Cup; it gives you confidence,” Mark Wood said in the virtual press conference.
I Will take a battering in the end for early wickets which I got: Mark Wood
In the third T20I on Tuesday, Mark Wood, who missed the second game due to an injury, was on a roll in his first three overs, snaring out three wickets – KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Shreyas Iyer – while giving away just 14 runs. However, in his fourth, the speedster was taken for 17 runs – 16 from the bat of Virat Kohli.
Mark Wood acknowledged the brilliance of the Indian skipper, however, he doesn’t mind being taken for runs at the end, if he picks crucial wickets at the start of the innings.
“We have a plan as a group. Chris Jordon is an experienced bowler. We decide on the ball we are going to bowl and then you try to execute that. The plan was good but the execution was wrong. On a couple of balls, I felt I executed what I wanted to bowl, but Kohli just played good shots and good players are allowed to do that. The first six he hit off me, was a hell of a shot.
“If you allow good players to get in, he got in and he took his time and he caught up with it in the end. He is a fantastic player, but we were pleased with the score we kept them too. I will take the battering in the end for the early wickets which I got,” the 31-year-old fast bowler added.