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India vs England- IND Playing 11 vs ENG (Predicted)- India tour of England 2022, 1st T20I. India and England will face each other in the 1st T20I on 7th July 2022 at 10:30 pm IST in The Rose Bowl, Southampton. England has lost only one T20I series on their home soil after 2017 and it is against India in 2018. India has a 19-5 win-loss record in the T20Is played after 2021. India and England have an 8-8 win-loss record in bilateral T20I matches.

England won the rescheduled 5th Test match by 7 wickets and went on to level the series 2-2. Now, both teams will move to the T20I format, and the Test result will have very little bearing on this match as no player in the Test squad from either side is set to play this match.

Both teams are out there to test their bench strength and find the right balance in their squad ahead of the 2022 T20I World Cup later this year. India has been dominating the T20I circuit off late and England’s only nemesis in T20Is has been India on their home ground.

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India vs England (Credits: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma returns to the T20I squad after losing out on playing the Test match for being Covid-19 positive and is expected to partner alongside Ishan Kishan at the top. Deepak Hooda will keep his place at No.3 after his outstanding performances against Ireland with Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, and Hardik Pandya set to follow him. Sanju Samson might get a nod ahead of Ishan Kishan if India plans to test him as this is his only T20I match.

Rohit Sharma (Captain) of India- PC- Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI
Rohit Sharma (Captain) of India- PC- Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI

Deepak Hooda became the fourth centurion for India in the T20I format, after his breathtaking 104 off 57 balls against Ireland in the 2nd T20I between the two sides at Malahide on Tuesday, 28 June. Deepak Hooda scored 151 runs in two T20I matches against Ireland and was also awarded The Player of the Series.

Pacers Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are expected to slot in as the first choice playing XI in this match. Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh might get a chance if India plans to experiment with their line-up. Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravi Bishnoi will fight for the leggie’s role in the team with the former having an upper hand. Axar Patel might come in as a spin-bowling all-rounder.

Deepak Hooda (Image Credits: Twitter)
Deepak Hooda (Image Credits: Twitter)

For the first T20I match, senior players Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, and Ravindra Jadeja were not included as they were playing the rescheduled 5th Test match against England.  As the senior players were rested for the opening T20I, the likes of Sanju Samson, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, and Venkatesh Iyer will be available for only the first T20I match.

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Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma Image Source: Twitter
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India’s regular all-format skipper Rohit Sharma is already out of isolation (after missing the 5th Test due to Covid-19) and started his preparation for the white-ball series. He will kick start his England tour with the first T20I and will hope to get much-needed runs under his belt after a horrific IPL 2022 stint.

In the absence of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma will get the company of his Mumbai Indians teammate Ishan Kishan at the top order as the pair is expected to start the proceedings for team India. He is the leading T20I run-scorer having amassed 3313 runs in 125 T20Is averaging 32.48.

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