After the loss in the first T20I against England, India have decided to change their starting XI by handing debuts to highly rated duo Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. The two have been knocking on the selectors’ doors with their stellar performances both in the domestic circuit and in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Mumbai Indians (MI) where they occupy the No. 3 and No. 4 spots.
They were handed their maiden call-ups for the series against England along with Rahul Tewatia. The two weren’t picked in the team for the first T20I with India going for a more experienced line-up. But after the loss, it has been decided that changes will happen in the side and the two are set to make their much-awaited debuts.
India opt to field first; Shikhar Dhawan and Axar Patel miss out
Meanwhile, India won the toss and opted to field first. Virat Kohli confirmed that Shikhar Dhawan and Axar Patel were making way for the two. He said, “We are going to bowl first. Looks like the track was a bit up and down with no dew last game. So we feel better to bowl first and restrict. Dhawan is missing this game, Axar is not part as well. Suryakumar and Ishan Kishan are making their debuts. We are a side that is looking to get away from templates.“
With the Mumbai Indians duo finally making their debut, it remains to be seen how they will fare. We could be in for a treat of a match.