Team India is set to kick off the England tour at the end of this week when they play the rearranged fifth Test from last year’s tour, which will not only determine the results of the five-match series but will also show them a mirror for the roadmap ahead in the WTC 2021-23 cycle.
Just after the conclusion of the one-off Test, India will turn into the blue colours to play the white-ball leg comprising three T20 Internationals followed by as many ODI matches.
All six white-ball fixtures between England and India will be held at different venues in the United Kingdom. Both the teams have already announced their squads for the rescheduled fifth and final Test in Birmingham but they are yet to reveal their white-ball squads.
England will obviously see a change in the white-ball leadership after veteran skipper Eoin Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday (June 28).
India will also play under the leadership of Rohit Sharma for the first time in England. However, the Indian skipper isn’t certain to play the one-off Test after contracting the virus last week and is going under an isolation period. India are already missing the services of injured players KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav with Ruturaj Gaikwad being the latest to add to the list.
India levelled the five-match T20I series 2-2 against South Africa at home and followed with a 2-0 win over Ireland in their own backyard. Let us look at India’s predicted 15-member squad for the T20I series against England.
IND vs ENG: India T20I Squad vs England (Predicted)
1) Rohit Sharma
Rohit will be fit by the time India starts the three-match T20I series on July 7. This would be the first overseas assignment for the 35-year-old in the shortest format as India captain.
Rohit is the leading run-scorer in T20 Internationals across the globe with 3313 runs in 125 matches and 317 runs have been scored against England at a strike rate of 143.44. During India’s tour of England in 2018, Rohit scored a marvellous hundred against England in the third T20I in Bristol, which turned decisive in India’s 2-1 series win.