IND vs AFG 1st T20I Preview: The 3 T20 series between India and Afghanistan will start from January 11 (Thursday). This is the first time that a T20 series is being played between the two countries. This series is also important because both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have returned to the Indian T20 team after about 14 months. In such a situation, everyone’s eyes will be on these two players. Due to injuries to Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav, only Rohit Sharma will captain this series.
Rohit and Virat last played for India in this format in the semi-finals of the 2022 T20 World Cup. Since then both were out of the Indian T20 team. T20 World Cup is to be hosted by West Indies and America in June this year.
Both these legends had expressed their desire to play in the World Cup. For this reason, the selectors selected both of them in the Indian team for the series against Afghanistan.
India’s last series before T20 World Cup
This is India’s last T20 series before the T20 World Cup 2024. In such a situation, the selectors will not only keep an eye on the comeback of Rohit-Virat through this series, but will also keep an eye on selecting the final 15 for the World Cup. However, it is difficult to decide from just 3 matches. Therefore, the selectors will keep an eye on the performance of the players in IPL 2024 also.
Virat Kohli will have to maintain his strike rate
Rohit will captain the T20 team and after his batting in the ODI World Cup, it is clear that he will open only. Rohit had almost given a fast start to India in the match, regardless of his runs in the ODI World Cup.
At the same time, Kohli’s eyes will be on handling one end. But, he may have to change this style in T20 because his strike rate has always been under question.
Who will open with Rohit?
It is clear that Rohit Sharma will open in the T20 series against Afghanistan. But, who will be his opening partner? This is the question. Shubman Gill has been opening with Rohit in ODIs. Yes, in the Test, Rohit has started the innings with young Yashasvi Jaiswal. Gill and Yashasvi opened in the T20 series on the South Africa tour. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see what combination the Indian team comes up with.
Rinku Singh as middle order and finisher
Rinku Singh performed well in the T20 series against South Africa. In the absence of Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav, Rinku will be the most important link of the team in the middle order.
Jitesh Sharma can handle the responsibility of wicketkeeping
Ishan Kishan is not playing. Jitesh Sharma and Sanju Samson are the two options for wicketkeeping in his place. In the last two series, Jitesh had taken the responsibility of wicketkeeping. In such a situation, he may get a chance against Afghanistan also.
Shivam Dubey may also get a chance in playing-11
If Shivam Dubey has also been selected in the team, he can be a part of the playing-11 as a fast bowling all-rounder in Hardik’s absence. At the same time, there are three specialist bowlers in the form of Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan and Mukesh Kumar.
Kuldeep will take charge of the spin attack
Kuldeep Yadav will lead the spin bowling attack. At the same time, any one among Ravi Bishnoi, Akshar Patel and Washington Sundar can play as the second spinner.
Afghanistan’s T20 team is strong
Well, Team India is a strong contender to win this series. But, Afghanistan had defeated many big teams in the ODI World Cup. Considering this, this series is expected to be exciting. That’s it, Rashid Khan will not play. But, apart from that, Afghanistan’s full strength team will enter the series.
Afghanistan’s squad has players like Mujeeb Zadran, Naveen Al Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqui. There are also batsmen like Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai.