There’s no denying to the fact that skipper Virat Kohli has been thrilled by his team’s performance in the two-match T20I series against Ireland which they sealed with a monstrous 143-run victory at the Malahide Cricket Club on Friday. However, the brilliant performance by the boys have left Kohli with a dilemma as to whom he should pick in the upcoming matches against England, especially in the limited-overs leg. Also Read - England vs Pakistan: If it Was Virat Kohli Everyone Would be Talking But Not so For Babar Azam: Nasser Hussain
If it was Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal who starred in India’s 73-run win in the first T20 against Ireland, in the second match it was the turn of Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul to come to the party and seal India’s biggest win (in terms of runs) in T20Is. In short, it was just the kind of the start skipper Kohli would be hoping for before heading off to the English coast. Also Read - IPL 2020: RCB Skipper Virat Kohli's Intense Workout Ahead of IPL 13 in UAE Will Excite Fans | WATCH
Speaking at the post-match presentation after the second T20 which India won by 143 runs, Kohli, while acknowledging that the impressive performance by the bench has given him a happy headache, maintained that it points towards a great period in Indian cricket. Also Read - IPL 13: After RCB Skipper Virat Kohli, CSK's Suresh Raina Flaints New Kit | WATCH
“A balanced performance from all departments in both the games. I’m having a headache now about whom to pick, they’ve all done so well with the bat, but it’s a good problem to have. It’s a great phase for Indian cricket, and I’m happy the youngsters are doing well and taking their chances with both hands. Our bench-strength has shown as well, with the guys shining through,” he said.
India will now face England for a three T20I, three ODI and five Test-match series. Looking ahead about the prospect of locking horns with England, the 29-year-old skipper said the team would focus on their strengths rather than the opposition.
“For us the opposition doesn’t matter, and England will be the same. We focus on our strength. The pitches are going to be good, so if they can come hard, we have the batting power to match that. We have two wrist spinners, so that is an advantage for us. If we are at our highest level of intensity, it will be a competitive series which we are looking forward to. England are a quality side but we have the firepower to match them. The benchmark has been set,” he maintained.