Virat Kohli will be making his captaincy debut in 1st T20I    IANS
Virat Kohli will be making his captaincy debut in 1st T20I IANS

The first T20I of the three-match series between India and England will be played at Green Park, Kanpur. This will be the first time when that Virat Kohli will lead in a T20 International match. After winning both the Tests and ODIs, India are pumped up to repeat the same story in T20Is as well. However, it should be mentioned here that England side had reached the final in World T20 last year, while India could reach only the semi-final. Just like the ODIs, all of which saw both sides score in excess of 300, this is expected to be a high-scoring series as well. Ahead of this exciting clash, we present some interesting numbers.

India and England have played 8 T20Is. England have won 5 and India 3. Moreover, India have played 20 T20Is so far at home, winning 10 and losing 10. On the other hand, England have played 9 T20Is in India with 6 wins and 3 losses.

Jos Buttler is 72 runs short of completing 1,000 runs in T20Is. If he gets there, he will become the 4th English player to reach this landmark after Kevin Pietersen (1,176), Alex Hales (1,257) and Eoin Morgan (1,460). Overall, he will become the 35th batsman to do so.

Morgan needs 40 more to touch the 1,500-run mark in T20Is. He will become the 1st English player to reach there and 12th overall.

This will be the 1st T20I at Green Park, Kanpur. There have been 14 ODIs and 22 Tests at this venue. This stadium will become the 15th venue to host a T20I in India, obviously the most in any country.

This will be also the 1st T20I for Kohli as captain. He has previously captained in 72 T20 matches but never got the chance to lead India.

Kohli will become the 5th Indian to lead India in T20Is. Virender Sehwag was the first T20I captain of India, followed by MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane. Moreover, Kohli has played under Dhoni and Raina in T20Is.

Kohli is the leading run-scorer for India with 1,657 runs, while Morgan is leading England s chart with 1,460 runs. Both men are leading their respective sides.

After Kohli, the other Indians with 1,000 T20I runs are Rohit Sharma (1,364), Raina (1,203), Yuvraj Singh (1,134) and Dhoni (1,112). Since Rohit is not playing in this series, the others have a chance to go past him (or past each other).

Raina needs 4 more sixes to become the second Indian to reach the 250-sixes mark in T20s, after Rohit (254). Another 5 will take him past Rohit.

India have 2 of their 3 T20I centurions in the squad, while England have none.

After Dhoni (73), Raina and Rohit have played most T20Is for India (62 each). One more match in this series will put Raina at the second spot.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ashish Nehra currently occupy the second spot in India s all-time T20I tally with 31 wickets each. Since Jadeja is not playing, Nehra has a chance to go past him. Similarly, Irfan Pathan, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuvraj occupy the next spot with 28. Though Irfan will not be playing, the others have a chance to go past Jadeja as well.

Ravichandran Ashwin (200) has most T20 wickets among Indians. Amit Mishra (199) has the chance to overtake him.

The highest wicket-taker in the England squad is, surprisingly, Chris Jordan, with 11 wickets.

If Joe Root plays all three matches and does not score a duck he will become the fifth player to bat in 50 T20 innings without scoring a duck.

In India, there are three wicketkeepers in the squad Dhoni, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul. Similarly in England, there are also three wicketkeepers in the squad Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings.

The squads include 3 uncapped players: Pant and Parvez Rasool from India and Jake Ball from England.

There have been 2 T20 matches played previously at Green Park, both in IPL. Both matches were won by chasing teams. The first match saw a total of above 170, while the second game saw a team scoring under 130.