England's limited-overs squad started training yesterday at the newly-built Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad ahead of the first T20I against India. The series opener, which will be played on March 12, is said to be the biggest blockbuster T20I of the year 2021. England will be playing a full-strength XI, which won't be altered by their rotation policy and they will be up against a Bumrah-less India. Read more – Suryakumar Yadav gave a cheeky reply to Sanjana Ganeshan during IPL 2020; Fans realize it was a clue for Bumrah-Sanjana's relationship
Youngsters like Reece Topley and Sam Curran hit the nets yesterday as the former shared a few clips of the practice session. Jason Roy, Reece Topley and Sam Curran were seen doing catch practice in Ahmedabad. In another video, Reece Topley, who will form the pace attack with Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan, was seen bowling yorkers at the stumps.
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It'll be a great opportunity for me to try and cement my place in the XI for the T20 World Cup: Sam Curran
Ahead of the first T20I in Ahmedabad, England all-rounder spoke to media after the training session. Curran spoke about various issues including the debate whether England players should prefer IPL over New Zealand Test series or not.
When asked about this debate, Curran replied, "Obviously you have to see how the IPL tournament pans out, if you missed the qualifications I presume you'll be most likely to be available for those Tests."
However, he said the if any player reaches the final then the situation will be different, stating their priorities. "But if you are in the final, it might be a bit different. It's still quite a way away. No one really knows how it's gonna pan out, so yeah fingers crossed. Will see how the IPL goes," he added.
The 22-year-old also spoke about the upcoming T20 World Cup in India and he hopes to cement his place in the squad by performing well in the T20I series against India. "That's what I pride myself on. I feel like I can adjust to different situations, so wherever I bat or bowl and things like that, I'll be trying to go out there and show my skills in different areas of the game. It'll be a great opportunity for me to try and cement my place in the XI for the T20 World Cup," Curran concluded.