Eoin Morgan outlines Jofra Archer's 'worsening' injury that needs attention
21 Mar 2021
India had a perfect end to the five-match T20I series against England in Ahmedabad after the hosts defeated Eoin Morgan’s side by 36 runs in the deciding clash to win the it 3-2.
The team management tweaked the batting combination in this fifth encounter as skipper Virat Kohli opened the innings alongside his deputy Rohit Sharma and the two batsmen dominated the English bowling with authority.
Kohli and Sharma notched up a 94-stand for the first wicket before Rohit departed for 64. But the openers laid the foundation for a big total for India and the Kohl-led side eventually posted 224/2, courtesy an unbeaten 80 from the captain and some fine power-hitting from Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya.
While India finally tasted success with the opening combination in this game, vice-captain Rohit is of the opinion that these are still early days to talk about a batting line up for the World T20.
"It's still a long time for the World Cup, so (it's) early days to talk about what the batting line up would be looking like. We just have to analyse and think about what suits the team the most,” Rohit Said during the online media conference following the fifth T20I..
KL Rahul who wasn’t a part of the XI for the final match has had a lean patch through series. But Sharma emphasised that KL is one of the key players for India and can’t be written off.
"KL, we know he's been one of our key players in the limited-overs format. Looking at the current form the team management decided to go with the best eleven. But having said that it doesn't send any signal, that KL would not be considered or anything like that. It was just for one particular game," the vice-captain said.
India successfully defended the total after restricting England to 188/8 in 20 overs. The two teams will now face each other in the ODI fixtures slated to begin on Tuesday in Pune.