Ahmedabad, March 11
India captain Virat Kohli expects his team to play much more freely in the five-match T20I series against England. He said the infusion of fresh blood has provided much-needed “X-factor and depth” to the batting unit, which it lacked in the past.
The selectors have picked IPL performers like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Rahul Tewatia for the England series while the in-form Rishabh Pant has made a comeback.
Kohli feels another fresh face or two may sneak into the squad ahead of the T20 World Cup at home in October but finds the current side full of balance and options.
“We have played with a certain kind of pattern in the past. We did not have a big tournament to work towards in the past. If you look the squad, the additions we have made we have tried to address a few things we needed in specific,” Kohli said.
“Guys who can be ‘X-factors’ with the bat and do things which are the need of the hour in T20 cricket. These guys have done so on a regular basis in the IPL. Now it will be interesting to see how they go about in these five games,” he said. — Agencies