Want to win every session, every ball - Virat Kohli

Want to win every session, every ball - Virat Kohli

Want to win every session, every ball - Virat Kohli

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.

"I think because England haven't played so much IPL cricket, there was never that familiarity or that sort of warmth between the two teams as much as we have with the other teams", said Kohli on eve of the first T20 of the three-match 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. Until the last day of the tour, we continued to have that mindset even though we lost two games.

"It's going to be an exciting series, for sure, and we believe we have the side to put up a great fight".

Axar Patel was brought in as the off-spinner's replacement for the three-match ODI series which will be played after three T20s. I mean it is as dry as I've seen it ever. Especially I spoke to [Cheteshwar] Pujara, and Ishant [Sharma] as well, who've been here before. We want to play competitive cricket.

"I think you will see more experimentation", he added. They said it's a great thing to be a part of and a great time to be here.

Virat Kohli will be the player to watch out for as he did not have an ideal outing in Ireland and will be itching to get some runs under his belt.

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"But looking at the weather it is totally opposite to what it was when the season was going on".

Here we predicted a playing XI of the Indian team for the first T20I against England.

England, meanwhile, made a few strategic changes by putting assistant coach Paul Farbrace in charge of the T20 team for the Australia and India series, while head coach Trevor Bayliss simultaneously took to domestic cricket scouting.

For now, there's no talk of the need for India to adjust to unforgiving conditions or for England to pile on the misery with "home advantage". In T20 cricket, you have to be at your absolute best because the game is so short and you don't have second chances. We have enough T20 experience to know what to do when.

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.

"With that major tournament coming, it gives you an opportunity to test your bench strength, try out fringe players and test their characters as well". Defeating Ireland 2-0 would have certainly boost India's confidence and the players would have somewhat got acclimatized to the English conditions as well. We could throw in some surprises through the whole length of the batting innings.

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