The second T20 match was marked with two exciting debuts for the hosts. The two blue-collared IPL stars seemingly made it to the XI in the second match. Ishan Kishan, replacing Dhawan, scored a scorching half-century to guide India to level the series 1-1 with a comfortable 7-wicket win. Suryakumar Yadav, who replaced Axar Patel, however, was not fortunate enough to make it to the crease. Read more - Rest in peace! Rahul Sharma's father dies due to COVID-19; Cricketers express condolences
Rohit Sharma returned to the side with his preferred opening slot with his obvious partner KL Rahul. India's decision to open with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul while demoting Ishan Kishan one-down in the third T20I against England was a perplexing move from the management as Virat Kohli himself sacrificed his preferred No. 3 slot. The former Indian Batsman and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar described this move as 'beyond' him as he appeared upset with the management's unprecedented experiment.
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India is yet to repeat the same opening combination in the series. Dhawan and KL Rahul opened in the inaugural game, the following game Ishan Kishan paired up with KL Rahul and proved his worth on top only to sacrifice to cede his spot to returning explosive batsman Rohit Sharma. Kishan looked clueless in the 3rd match and got dismissed for just 4 off 9 owing to a mistimed shot.
Manjrekar expressed his discontent with the team management. “After a sensational debut as a T20 opener that Ishan is not opening in the next game is just beyond me!” he tweeted.
After a sensational debut as a T20 opener that Ishan is not opening in the next game is just beyond me! #INDvENG
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 16, 2021
England convincingly prevailed Indian in the 3rd T20 played at Ahmedabad and secured a solid 2-1 lead in the 5-match series.