England tour: Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar get first India call

Heather Diaz
July 3, 2018

With the major tournament away, it gives you an opportunity to test your bench strength, try out fringe players - Kohli.

England of course will be a different kettle of fish as they have a much better team and players who have played loads of T20 cricket all over the world. After pummelling Australia 6-0 across the one-day worldwide series and lone Twenty20 game, now England have a more onerous foe: India, essentially the Indian Premier League All-Stars.

Last but not the least, two England teams will be playing at the same time on Tuesday evening with the football team's pre-quarterfinal match against Colombia in Russian Federation going on simultaneously. "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", he said.

"This is what we did in South Africa till the last day of the tour: we continued the mindset from day one, even though we lost some games, but we knew we were in the games for us to be able to turn it around very quickly and that is why those results followed after".

"This season has broken that barrier to a great extent and I think it will happen in future as well". We had nine players picked up in the auction, with 13 eventually going including replacement players, which is the most we've ever had.

All eyes will also be on the former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was in great touch in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for eventual champions Chennai Super Kings. Kohli wanted to do simple things like that so he and the rest of India's players would remain in the right mindset ahead of the gruelling tour, which will last just under three months.

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"I think our experience of playing in the IPL is of benefit to us".

To make matters worse - for England, anyway - both these limited-overs series are set to be played in conditions that should encourage spin and negate any advantage England might have had from "home" conditions. He subsequently underwent scans and was seen by a specialist. Therein, they did endure a torrid time in the tri-series against the latter two sides (earlier in March), losing three out of four games. The point [of opting for a county stint] was that we haven't played in those wet and damp conditions ever as a team.

"I spoke with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma as well who've been here before". They said it's a great thing to be a part of and a great time to be here.

Buttler hit the fastest T20 worldwide half-century by an England batsman after he was promoted to open in a 28-run victory over Australia in the one-off T20 on Wednesday.

"The cheers were quite frequent in the Panama game ... you don't have to be a miracle man to work out the score!"

"These games are important in our preparation for 2020 because it allows us time to play around with the balance of the side", said Morgan.

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