A brilliant display of bowling from England followed by an aggressive opening partnership led England to a dominant 8-wicket victory in the first T20I against India. After restricting India to a paltry score of 124 runs, England top order chased it down comfortably with over 4 overs to spare.
Jofra Archer was the star with the ball for the England as he bamboozled the Indian batters with his sheer pace. Adil Rashid and Mark Wood provided good support from the other end and kept picking wickets at regular intervals.
Indian batting came under the scanner as the top order went packing inside the powerplay. The experiment to open with Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul didn’t pay off as both openers departed cheaply. Indian skipper, who struggled in the recently concluded Test series, bagged another golden duck. Shreyas Iyer was the lone warrior for Team India as his fighting 67 took India past 120.
Soon after the embarrassing loss in the opening game, fans on Twitter started criticizing Virat Kohli’s leadership skills and demanded for a captaincy change in the shortest format of the game.
Here’s how the Twitter reacted:
— Rajat Sharma (@RealBrahmin) March 12, 2021
Match was lost when kohli announced team.#INDvENG
— The Civil Engineer (@TheCivilEngr94) March 12, 2021
Actually @imVkohli needs some long rest. He is in worst phase of his career. He has to step down from T20Is captaincy. @ImRo45 can lead the team better than Virat.@BCCI @ICC @mipaltan#Virat_needs_Rest #Rohit_is_Better_than_Kohli#INDvENG #Rohit #ViratKohli
— Vaibhav Dodake (@Vaibhav_9919_) March 12, 2021
Virat Kohli and his peculiar selection is beyond anyone's understanding. Why weren't Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Natarajan & Rohit picked?! IMO the T20 team would be better off without Virat Kohli. #INDvENG
— Shakesbeard (@_Shakesbeard) March 12, 2021
Where there is option of plenty; @imVkohli as a leader is worthless in terms future planning
He Must understand
— Shailesh Singh (@shailesh09ec) March 12, 2021