Having completed the formality of overcoming Ireland without much trouble, the real test begins for India now as they take on England in the first T20 of what will be a long long series.
The hosts themselves will be a confident lot after their tremendous showing against Australia.
India go into the series with a couple of injury woes leading to forced replacements to the original squad. Jasprit Bumrah and Washington Sundar have been ruled out and replaced by newcomers Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya.
The visitors have a strong batting line up to choose from — Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik among others. In the bowling, all eyes will be on wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav
England have also had injuries to deal with. Opener Dawid Malan has been added to the England squad as the injury cover for Tom Curran, who suffered a side-strain. With a lot of options in the bowling line-up, England opted against a bowler-for-bowler replacement and therefore called Dawid Malan in the squad.
The hosts batting has been exceptional of late, and they would look to continue doing the same. Jos Buttler has been incredible even as Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales have made some rather significant contributions.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, and Umesh Yadav
England: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, and Dawid Malan