England, especially after a disappointing 2015 World Cup, have been nearly unbeatable at home in the limited-overs format, but Virat Kohli believes his team is very much capable of stopping the England juggernaut. Indian cricket team's supremacy in shorter formats is redoubtable but India will have their task cut out against a vastly improved England in the opening T20 global in what will be a defining summer for Virat Kohli and his team.
"We have just come off the IPL and a couple of games against Ireland where the team has looked great". Hence the series in all likelihood will be an intensely fought one and fortunes might fluctuate from one side to the other.
"We all are feeling relaxed and having a good time". It is a great time to play cricket there.
On the other side, England look equally risky, and with the backing of home conditions, India will have their task cut out against this formidable team.
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England will be banking the feel-good momentum of their victories over Australia. But we will play fearless cricket. Attitude will be key. "No one can guarantee results, just wanting to win every session and every ball that we play". I mean we've all known about his ability in the past as well.
"You will see more experimentation", said England captain Eoin Morgan. Kohli chose to keep Kuldeep's final over in his back pocket but the left-armer returned for the 18th and, with Moeen Ali having already gone for six when slicing Pandya to cover, he duly wrapped up his maiden five-wicket haul when Kohli held Buttler at long-on.
"I am not surprised with how Jos has performed". It is just that he's got more opportunity to play for Rajasthan Royals in this season to show his skillset, and he's certainly enjoying that role at the top of the order. The last match played at this venue was the 5th ODI in the recently concluded England-Australia series and we got to witness a low scoring encounter. "Obviously in T20 cricket, the wickets are going to be something that provides entertainment to the crowd, so there's no one team that has the advantage".
And while Eoin Morgan suggested that nothing is set in stone with regard to the batting order, claiming he remained "open-minded" about the combinations, he is unlikely to shift Buttler from an opening berth. The Men in Blue has played some exceptional cricket off late and will; go into the series as favourites. We certainly have to go on with the game, that allows us to be a lot more flexible. They said it is a great setup to be a part of. Until the last day of the tour, we continued to have that mindset even though we lost two games. "We are going to try a few players as we want to test their skills, especially in the limited-overs format", Kohli added.