Bumrah, Sundar ruled out of England T20I series

Wednesday, 04 Jul, 2018

The 25-year-old is also a part of the India A team, which is now in England playing tri-series with England Lions and West Indies.

England have one of the most lethal top-orders in T20I cricket with Jason Roy, Alex Hales and Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 star Jos Buttler occupying the top three spots in their line-up. While Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are most likely to open the innings, India will also like to accommodate KL Rahul somewhere in the middle.

Nonetheless, they are expected to face a stiff test against England, who are high on confidence after whitewashing world champions Australia in a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20I to kickoff the English summer in style. Hardik Pandya has is the all-rounder who's grown a lot as a fast bowler and he will be entrusted with the 5th bowler's duties. As a cricketer you look for new challenges every now and then and that's something that I wanted to go and experience.

Krunal Pandya is in frame to replace the injured Sundar. However, his place in the India XI was still not guaranteed.

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.

Chahar has impressed for India A in the tri-series over the past few weeks, picking up seven wickets in three games against the England Lions and the West Indies.

England are coming into series on the back of 6-0 drubbing of Australia with Buttler, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow in fantastic form. England didn't require his services with the bat but we've witnessed how risky he can be on his day.

Alex Hales seemed to have left his timing somewhere between Manchester and Birmingham, where last week he clattered Australia for 49 off 24, and was finally put out of his misery by Kuldeep, bowled round his legs for an 18-ball eight.

Kuldeep Yadav (11.2) and Yuzvendra Chahal (13.0) have the best and third-best strike rates among all spinners who have bowled in ten or more T20I innings.

David Willey had got off the mark with a six first ball off Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the start of the 17th over - which cost 20 runs - and England's number eight hit an unbeaten 29 from just 15 balls.

Regrouping after nearly a three-month long gap, India used the Ireland T20Is as a good warm-up, registering facile wins of 72 and 143 runs but more importantly giving the whole squad good game time before the challenging series against the Englishmen. Thus, the Indian team will like to tick the right boxes. If they don't, India's spinners could have a field day in this series.

But the six matches will also allow India to figure out answers to some of the questions they have before the team thinktank and selectors sit down to shortlist the group that will participate in the 2019 World Cup which will be held in England.