Kuldeep Yadav claimed his maiden Twenty20 worldwide five-wicket haul and KL Rahul struck his second century in the format as India began their tour of England with an impressive eight-wicket victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday. "I think because England haven't played so much IPL cricket, there was never that familiarity or that sort of warmth between the two teams as much as we have with the other teams", he said.
While England impressed against Australia, the tourists were without a raft of first choice players including former captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner, who are serving one-year bans for their roles in March's ball-tampering scandal.
India will conclude their United Kingdom tour with 5 Test matches, the first of which will begin from the 1st of next month at Birmingham. "The start we got off to was brilliant". But we knew we were in the games for us to turn it around very quickly.
Buttler carried stunning IPL form, which saw him hit five consecutive half-centuries for his franchise, into England's global season, nailing his Test recall then starring against Australia in the ODI series. If the mindset is not right after a few days or after a couple of weeks, things get more hard. "That's always my mindset for the time I have been captain; the team to play well and contribute as much as I can". Dhawan, who was India's best batsman when India played the Champions Trophy in England a few years ago, took the throwdowns with a heavy plastic ball.
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"But looking at the weather it is totally opposite to what it was when the season was going on". It's as dry as I have seen it ever.
He said: "When you play against sub-continent teams, it normally exposes sides like us and South Africa and Australia to spin, reverse swing - different challenges to that we are normally used to". Therein, they did endure a torrid time in the tri-series against the latter two sides (earlier in March), losing three out of four games. I especially spoke to (Cheteshwar) Pujara and Ishant (Sharma), who have been here.
They had started at a decent lick too, with Jason Roy opening up with a frenetic 30 from 20 balls, only for his demise - chopping on to the stumps via the pull shot that had met fresh air a couple of times previously - to bring Alex Hales to the crease for what proved a torturous 18-ball eight that gummed up the works.
"We expect England to come hard at us, and we certainly want to play some positive and hard-fought cricket", said Kohli. All these guys (England cricketers) come for the IPL and get a feel for the wickets and so on. "I hope we will be able to deal with it".
"Surprisingly or funnily, I don't think from fans' or outside point of view".