Following a pulsating Test series, which saw India thrash England 3-1, both teams are now set to lock horns in a five-match T20I series. The entire series will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, starting with the first match on Friday, March 12.
The No.1 T20I team, England, will look for redemption following their disappointing defeat in the Test series. India, on the other hand, would be high on confidence. The stakes are higher in the series, considering the upcoming ICC T20I World Cup in India.
While there’s an abundance of talent in both the squads, both team management will look to fill their loopholes and identify their best playing XI. In the meantime, Dream11 fans can scroll down for fantasy tips to pick their best playing XI for the first IND vs ENG T20I.
Let’s take a look at the ideal Dream11 Fantasy Playing XI for the first IND vs ENG T20I-
- Your Dream11 Fantasy Playing XI can have different combinations of players but has to be within the 100 credit cap.
- While the captain will give you 2x points scored by them in the actual match, the vice-captain will give you 1.5x points scored by them in the actual match.
Batsmen: One can pick a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 batsmen in their Dream11 playing XI. Rohit Sharma (IND)(10), Virat Kohli (IND)(10), and Eoin Morgan (ENG)(9) should be the ideal combination.
While Rohit and Morgan need no introduction, the focus will be mainly on Team India skipper Virat Kohli, who hasn’t been in the best of forms, lately. He, however, is still the “big fish” for any opposition, considering his reputation of chasing huge totals.
Wicketkeepers: Fans can pick a maximum of four wicket-keepers in your playing 11, and we suggest going with two of them. Jos Buttler (ENG)(9.5), KL Rahul (IND)(9.5), and Rishabh Pant (IND)(8.5). Both Rahul and Pant are likely to feature in India’s playing XI.
Pant has been a revelation in Test cricket while KL Rahul has scored runs for fun in white-ball fixtures. Buttler, on the other hand, is capable of taking the game to any bowling attack in the world.
All-Rounders: Washington Sundar (IND)(8) and Ben Stokes (ENG)(9) should ideally be selected as the two all-rounders for your IND vs ENG Dream11 team. While Ben Stokes is arguably the best all-rounder across formats, Sundar, following his 96* in the fourth Test against England, is capable of providing a few handy knocks down the order.
Bowlers: In the bowling department, Jofra Archer (ENG)(9), Adil Rashid (ENG)(8.5) and Yuzvendra Chahal (IND)(8.5) can be picked. While Rashid and Chahal are likely to play the anchor’s role for their respective teams in the bowling, Archer’s participation in the first T20I is hanging in the balance.
Captain and vice-captain: While Rohit Sharma (IND) should be the captain of your fantasy team, Jos Buttler (ENG) can occupy the vice-captain slot.
Combines playing XI: Jos Buttler (ENG), KL Rahul (IND), Rohit Sharma (IND), Virat Kohli (IND) Eoin Morgan (ENG), Ben Stokes (ENG), Rishabh Pant (IND), Washington Sundar (IND), Jofra Archer (ENG), Adil Rashid (ENG), and Yuzvendra Chahal (IND).
Predicted Playing XI:
India XI: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, and T Natarajan.
England XI: Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (vc), Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, and Mark Wood.