New Delhi [India], 10 March: T Natarajan – India’s top performance in their last T20I series against Australia – is in doubt for the T20I series against England which is going on due to a knee and shoulder injury on Friday. Speaking to ANISources at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) confirmed the development and said that while they are not completely dismissing it, it is definitely a race against time. “He is down with a knee and shoulder injury and is in doubt for the T20 series. It has to be taken in a day and it is a race against time,” the source said. India vs England T20I 2021 schedule: Fixing in IST, time table and venue details of India vs England Twenty20 series along with match timings in IST.
Spinner Varun Chakraborty can also be replaced in the team in place of Rahul Chahar as the former failed to make the fitness test mandatory. Rahul was already reserved for the Test series and with Chakraborty not being able to vacate the Test, Rahul would be like a replacement. The Mumbai Indians spinner has previously played a T20I for India against the West Indies. Potentially playing XI for India first T20I vs England: Potential Indian cricket team line-up.
On Natarajan’s return, while his disappearance would be a major setback, what may come as a bit of relief is that all-rounder Hardik Pandya posted a video on Twitter on Tuesday in which he saw his bowling skills well.
Hardik has been playing the role of finisher in the national team in recent times. In the second ODI against Australia in Sydney in November, he faced some problems and the question in his mind was whether he would return to bowling anytime soon.
In a video shared by Hardik on Twitter, while he was practicing big shots, he strangled him at the end of the clip. Hardik wrote, “Completed the preparations. Can’t wait to land on the 12th.” The upcoming five-match T20 series against England will help India practice well ahead of the T20 World Cup to be played in India in October-November this year. The Indian team will also play the Horns with England in the three-match ODI series after the T20I series ends. While T20I matches are to be played in Ahmedabad, ODIs are to be played in Pune.
India’s T20I team: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakraborty, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar . , Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
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