Kohli likely to continue as opener in Nagpur

England completly outclassed the Indians in every department of the game at Green Park to take a significant 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The visitors' prime objective after winning the toss was to restrict India to a low total and their bowlers kept the Indian guns silent on a pitch conducive for batting.

The defeat, according to Kohli, had been brought upon by a combination of inept batting and some fine England bowling. "We still believe that he has enough to contribute in the short formats for India", Kohli said.

"For sure they showed character", he said. "Only when we have the problem of consistency we will make changes", the skipper said. Credit to their bowlers, they bowled good hard lengths with extra pace and bounce.

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The outcome is also a tribute to the tactics of Claude Puel and the work done throughout the club at large. Not to mention the huge impact that Sadio Mane at the African Nations appears to be having on the team.

Hardik Pandya has been in some brilliant form during the one-day series and did it again in the third ODI, being the pick of the bowlers to take 3 for 49.

In the bowling department, leg spinner Adil Rashid and Ali will be Morgan's go-to bowlers in the middle overs while Liam Plunkett, Jake Ball will be the first choice pacers apart from Jordan and Mills. Sure, India are missing Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan through injuries, and Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested, but it still doesn't explain the choices made or the selection logic behind assembling this squad. In the absence of Rohit, Rishabh Pant could have opened the innings allowing Kohli to be at his usual number three in T20Is. "I haven't seen much of him but I have played 90mph before in my career".

Leg-spinner Rashid, who was not even required to bowl, was in on the act later to pull off an outstanding catch to get rid of another danger man, Yuvraj Singh. This is just the case of Rohit not being there and because I have opened in IPL and I have a fair idea of it. Apparently, people even came up with a term called "CSK quota" and at different times, players like Suresh Raina, Manpreet Gony, Sudeep Tyagi and Mohit Sharma were targeted due to their selection in the Indian side. He did not feature in a single ODI against England, too, despite being awarded the Man of the Series against New Zealand. They read the conditions well and everyone played their roles to perfection. When the players get experience and become confident, opening partnerships give you a lot of benefit. The reason why everyone is included in the squad is because we believe in them, we have faith in them; they can contribute now and in the future as well.

"I would like to wish everyone a very happy Republic Day and I hope they enjoy the day and keep patriotism alive in their heart", added Kohli.


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