Pune: The Indian cricket team arrived here for the final leg of the ongoing series against England, which comprises three ODIs, beginning with the first game on Tuesday.
After claiming the four-Test series 3-1, which was played in Chennai and Ahmedabad, India on Saturday clinched the five-match T20 series by 3-2 margin at the refurbished Narendra Modi Stadium. It is reliably learned that the Indian team, led by skipper Virat Kohli, arrived here by a Chartered Flight from Ahmedabad at around 4.45 PM.
The three ODI matches are to be played at the MCA stadium in Gahunje, on the outskirts of the city, on March 23, 26, and 28, sans spectators.
Apart from Kohli, the Indian squad also comprises Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, and bowlers led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
India had suffered a 1-2 loss in the ODI series in Australia last year.
Meanwhile, India’s captain Virat Kohli eased back into form with three top-notch performances and ended with the highest aggregate in the series.
Kohli had not been at his destructive best since 2020 and was going through the leanest phase of his international career. Prior to the start of the T20I series, he had just managed to score 1014 runs in 30 international innings across the three formats in this time-frame at an average of 34.96.
The Indian captain had registered just 9 fifties and no hundred during this period. Kohli’s Failure Rate was as high as 56.67% – very high for a top-order batsman of his calbre – in this period. He had been dismissed for less than 30 in as many as 17 of the 30 innings he had batted in in this time-frame.
Courtesy – News 18