Want to win every ball, every session: Kohli

Jasprit Bumrah

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli added another feather to his illustrious cap by becoming the fastest player to reach 2000 runs in T20 Internationals (T20Is).

India will also play 3 One-Day Internationals against England, with the first match scheduled at Nottingham on Thursday next week.

With the 2019 ODI World Cup less than 12 months away, there is more than bragging rights at stake as both sides look to fine-tune preparations against an opposition of note.

India are slated to play three-match T20I series, three-match ODI series and five Tests beginning July 3.

Kohli also commended Rahul on his innings which mixed finesse with power hitting as he made his second century in T20 internationals. The openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have been in tremendous form and will look to continue the same form against the strong side. England would want to win it back on their home soil. I have never bowled to them (English batsmen) earlier, so it was the first time, so maybe it was easy to bowl against them (in this game).

Kuldeep completed his five-for with the prize wicket of Buttler, whose timing, for once, was off as he tried to hit down the ground and was caught at long on. "What I want is the team to play well and I just want team to play good cricket and I want to lead from the front and that's always been my mindset", the captain said. Including highlights, interviews, features getting you closer to the England team and county players.

England are very much a top-heavy team in T20I cricket and the move to open the batting with Jos Buttler has reinforced the tactic of going hard in the first six overs. Siddarth Kaul could come into consideration as well, if one of the wrist spinners is benched.

"They played our spinners in smaller margins".

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With Hardik Pandya slotting in as the sole all-rounder, his brother Krunal and Chahar will have to wait for their turns.

And it is in the middle order than England have tended to struggle of late. The skipper himself, Raina and MS Dhoni are the backbone of the batting line-up, while Manish Pandey is in running for the fourth spot on account of his good run in global T20 cricket.

The England vs India, 1st T20 worldwide begins at 10.00 pm (IST). Given the riches of explosive talent around him, and given the imminent return of Ben Stokes from injury, Root might need to make a couple of defining contributions against India to reinforce his value in the shortest format.

"Probably after this game, and for the next few games, England´s batsmen will prepare well".

England's stand-in coach Paul Farbrace may have said it isn't so, but is Joe Root's place in England's T20 line-up under threat?

One of the first moves of the new regime was to promote Jos Buttler as opener and it worked in fine fashion as he struck the quickest T20I half-century for an English batsman as Australia were beaten by 28 runs at Edgbaston. It does not matter whether I get runs or don't get runs.

He hit the back of the length area to castle Roy.

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