India is up against the spirited Afghanistan team in the 2nd T20I of the three-match series at Holkar Stadium in Indore. After winning the first match comfortably by 6 wickets, India will look to seal the deal by winning the 2nd T20I. On the other hand, Afghanistan will be desperate to get a win to remain alive in the series as well as give a statement to the world by beating India in their home.
The Indian team made two changes in the team from that which played in the first T20I in Mohali. Virat Kohli was back in the T20I setup after a hiatus of more than a year. Virat Kohli last played for India in the T20Is back in 2022 in the T20 World Cup semi-final.
Also, Yashasvi Jaiswal made a comeback in the side after missing the first match of the series due to a sore right groin. Virat Kohli replaced Tilak Varma while Jaiswal came in the place of Shubhman Gill. Shubman Gill, who opened in the previous match, failed to convert a promising start into a substantial score.
Social Media Reactions
The management's decision to sideline him raised questions about his future role in the T20 squad. Choosing Rohit and Jaiswal for the second match hinted at a potential strategy shift. The left and right-hand combination raised eyebrows, suggesting a deliberate move to create a formidable opening partnership for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
The decision-making process for the T20 World Cup involved various factors. IPL performance, player form, and strategic considerations all played a crucial role in shaping the final squad. Social media platforms echoed with fan reactions, ranging from excitement to apprehension.
Cricket enthusiasts shared their opinions on X formerly Twitter on the comeback of Virat and also the new opening pair which could be the same for the T20 World Cup 2024. Here are some of the tweets:
King is back in T20IS 😉🔥 pic.twitter.com/imnTeN8edB— Pankaj (@Pankaj41627) January 14, 2024
Very dangerous side today— Kapil Pratap Singh (@kapil9994) January 14, 2024
Generational talent finally dropped😂😂😂— msd_stan (@bdrijalab) January 14, 2024
Gill kicked out. 👏😹— Kunal Yadav (@Kunal_KLR) January 14, 2024
Sorry Tilak and gill your every single run lost today💔😖— 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐢𝐢⁴⁵🥂 (@rushiii_12) January 14, 2024
After previous match it is evident why Shubhman is not playing— Akshay (@iamakshaykrish) January 14, 2024
Gill got back spasm today 😂— Shubham Sakhuja (@ishubhamsakhuja) January 14, 2024
Brilliant decision by the management— Shumaila Tanveer (@shumaila56_) January 14, 2024