Fresh from a relatively easy 2-0 whitewash over minnows Ireland, India's real test on the tour will start on Tuesday when the Virat Kohli-led brigade will be up against a formidable England side in the first of the three-match Twenty20 global series at the Old Trafford.
The challenge of beating England in their own den and then walking away with the spoils is "exciting" and not daunting. "Obviously in T20 cricket, the wickets are going to be something that provides entertainment to the crowd, so there's no one team that has the advantage".
India suffered a blow as Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the T20I series, but bowling is a department India won't be much concerned about. "No one can guarantee results, just wanting to win every session and every ball that we play".
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"If the mindset is not right after a few days or a couple of weeks then things can get more hard, but if we can stay positive and enjoy each other's company and just look forward to being here for that period of time and just look forward to being on the field and play competitive cricket, I think we will be able to space it as a team and certainly take a lot from this tour when we go away". The wicketkeeper-batsman scored two half-centuries and a century in the ODIs against Australia and a 30-ball 60 in the one-off T20I as recently as June 27.
The tussle for middle-order spots continue and the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey may miss out to accommodate KL Rahul, who smashed a quickfire 70 in Dublin last week after opening the innings. Hardik Pandya will definitely be handed the all-rounder's responsibility with the two spinners - Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav - and two pacers - most likely to be Kumar and Yadav - filling up the remaining spots. "In T20 cricket, you don't have second chances but we are pretty confident as a side".
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was seen training against short-pitched deliveries.
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England though do not have much to fret over as the team has done exceedingly well ever since they got Buttler at the top of the innings with Roy. After six overs, India had the same number of runs, 53, as England.
It was always unlikely that Moeen and Adil Rashid would recreate the havoc wreaked by Kuldeep, and so it proved. In David Willey, Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett, England have some handy bowlers who can be lethal in their day.
Kohli is not all surprised with Buttler's recent success. Jos Buttler has been in some ominous form and will look to stamp his authority on the Indians.
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Eoin Morgan (7) holed out to the first ball and after Buttler took a single, Jonny Bairstow (0) and Joe Root (0) were both completely flummoxed as they played forward, over-balanced and were stumped, Bairstow beaten past the outside edge and Root through the gate. "It doesn't matter if I get runs or I don't get runs, what I want is the team to play well and the team to win", he insisted. He bowled 14 dot balls.