England [T20] is a different side, a lot of the guys who won the Test match are not here” Rohit Sharma

India captain Rohit Sharma was asked the inescapable question on the eve of the first international 20′ against England at Southampton – what impact will an adverse result in Tuesday’s Birmingham Test have on Thursday’s game?

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“I’ve spoken to a few of these players here, they obviously know the result but didn’t watch the match. It’s a bit disappointing not to show up on the winning side, but obviously that’s a different format and a different set of players who are going to take it,” Rohit said. The stadium is for us.”

“England is also a different team, a lot of the players who won the Test match in Edgbaston are not here, so it is a different team for both teams. Time will tell if this result has affected our preparation with this formula.”

The scheduling of this round is so tight that in the week since they beat Ireland 2-0 in the T20I series, India have conceded their eighth highest chase in five-day Test history and are promptly back on white ball duties for six more games in five cities in 11 Just a day. A different group of individuals will appear in Southampton, of course, with some members of the testing side of the second T20I, also in Edgbaston, available on Saturday.

While their Bazball style under head coach Brendon McCollum and captain Ben Stokes has been in the spotlight through four successful successive Test matches, England have also begun a new era in whiteball cricket under captain Joss Butler and coach Matthew Mott following the retirement of Ewen Morgan. .

“He’s been telling people to play a certain way and he’s been out, the third ball, running down the wicket, trying to hit it long for a six,” Butler said of Morgan last week. “As a fellow player, you watch your captain do that and you think, ‘Let’s step in behind him and follow that lead.'” Butler added that he would also like to lead from the front.

In this sense, this three T20I game against an opponent who has redefined white ball cricket – before turning its attention to the red ball – will be a fitting test for the 2022 World Cup stage in India. Since the 2021 edition in the Emirates, they have played 15 T20Is, but 13 of them have gone home, and the remaining two have been against Ireland. “England will be a challenging team for us,” Rohit said, also noting that some of their players had taken part in the ongoing T20 Blast and were therefore compatible with the shorter format.

Conditions in Southampton can also be challenging in a different way. In T20 Blast it wasn’t a high scoring place, with an average score of 165 for the side that hits first, and the chase is still tough.

It will also be Rohit’s first outing since recovering from the Covid infection that forced him to miss the Edgbaston test. The captain, who has not played a match since May 21 in the Indian Premier League, said he wasn’t sure how his body would react going forward, but for now, he was feeling fine.

“It has been 8-9 days since I contracted the virus,” Rohit said. “I was struggling for a few days but I am happy to be on my feet beautifully and healthy. I resumed training three days ago, and I decided to play this game (Southampton).”

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