Cricket is the second-most-watched sport in the world behind soccer. However, there has been an exponential growth in terms of fan base all across the globe over the past few years. The international and national cricket bodies are trying their best to host as many cricketing events as possible so as to keep the fans at the edge of their seats.
There are three different formats in the present era as far as international cricket is concerned and i.e. the traditional format which is the Test, 50-over format (One-Day Internationals) and the shortest format (T20Is). Over the years, the ICC has been hosting several T20I fixtures to lure the fans and the tactics did pay off.
It all started in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 when Team India were crowned the T20 kings after they defeated Pakistan in the final. Since then, the evolution of the Indian Premier League started and the rest is history. The T20 format is not that time consuming as compared to the other formats and fans are watching more T20 games these days.
The cricket fraternity was supposed to have witnessed the T20 World Cup in Australia last year (18 October to 15 November 2020). However, due to the coronavirus epidemic, the ICC, in July 2020, took a big decision by postponing the marquee event until 2021. The upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be the 7th tournament, slated to be played in October and November 2021 in India.
The highly-anticipated tournament is only 7 months away from going all guns blazing. Meanwhile, the ICC is trying its best to host as many T20 games as possible to make sure that the teams are ready for the main event. England players are currently in India for a full-fledged tour. Both teams will lock horns with each other in a five-match T20I series, with the series opener starting on March 12 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Now, let’s take a look at India’s starting XI for the upcoming series:-
1) Rohit Sharma
If timing the ball is an art, then Rohit Sharma is a Picasso of it. There is no cricketer better than Rohit Sharma in terms of timing the ball. Popularly known as ‘Hitman’, his batting approach relies more on timing rather than power. However, once he gets into the zone, he flexes his muscles to hit cracking shots with brute force.
He is one of the experienced T20 cricketers in the world. In fact, he is the only cricketer to score 4 international centuries in the truncated version of the game. If Rohit starts the game well, then India are destined to win a majority of the games.
Indian limited-overs vice-captain is certainly one of the players to watch out for in the upcoming T20I series against England. Having played 108 games so far, he has scored 2,773 runs with an extraordinary strike-rate of 138.8 and a batting average of 32.6. Besides his 4 centuries, he hit 21 fifties to his name.