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IND vs AFG 2nd T20I: Virat Kohli and Yashasvi Jaiswal Return, Shubman Gill and Tilak Varma Dropped

In the 2nd T20I of IND vs AFG, Virat Kohli and Yashasvi Jaiswal make a comeback while Shubman Gill and Tilak Varma are dropped. Get all the updates and highlights of this exciting cricket match.

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Shubman Gill during India vs Afghanistan 1st T20I match at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali

India vs Afghanistan, 2nd T20I witnessed the much-anticipated return of Virat Kohli to the T20I cricket arena after a gap of 14 months. The Indian team also welcomed back young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, who had missed the series opener due to a groin strain. As a result, Shubman Gill and Tilak Varma were dropped from the playing XI to make way for the returning stars.

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The Anticipation of Virat Kohli's Return

Virat Kohli's return to T20I cricket was eagerly awaited by fans and cricket enthusiasts alike. After an absence of 14 months, the former captain finally took his place in India's playing XI for the 2nd match of the ongoing 3-match series against Afghanistan in Indore. His comeback brought excitement and curiosity, as everyone speculated who would make way for the star batter in the playing XI.


Changes in the Playing XI

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In order to accommodate the returning stars, India made the decision to drop Shubman Gill and Tilak Varma, two middle-order batters. Gill, who had the opportunity to bat at No. 3 in the absence of Kohli in the first T20I, failed to make the most of it. While he started well, he was unable to convert his good start into a substantial score. Varma, on the other hand, contributed 26 runs off 22 balls but threw his wicket away before Shivam Dube's unbeaten 60-run knock guided India to a successful chase of 159.


Competition for Berths Amongst the Youngsters

The return of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the playing XI was expected to intensify the competition amongst the young players vying for a spot in the team. However, with Kohli absent in the first T20I due to personal reasons and Gill and Varma underperforming, the competition was somewhat subdued. Nevertheless, the team management's message is clear - both Gill and Varma need to have a consistent run in the upcoming IPL 2024 season to keep the selectors interested.

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Tough Road Ahead for the Young Guns

With the imminent return of Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav, the road to cementing a place in the team will become even tougher for the young guns. Shivam Dube's impressive performances have also put him in contention for the middle-order role. The selectors will closely observe the performances of Gill, Varma, and Dube in the IPL to determine their suitability for the national team.


Afghanistan's Strategy

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On the other side, Afghanistan made a change in their playing XI as well. They brought back left-arm wrist-spinner Noor Ahmed to partner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, adding another spinner to their team. This decision was aimed at exploiting the Indian batting lineup's vulnerabilities against spin.

 

Also Read India vs Afghanistan 2nd T20I Highlights


Conclusion

The 2nd T20I between India and Afghanistan marked the return of Virat Kohli and Yashasvi Jaiswal to the Indian team. While Kohli's comeback was highly anticipated, the dropped players, Shubman Gill and Tilak Varma, will need to showcase their skills consistently in the upcoming IPL season to stay in contention. The competition for middle-order spots will become even fiercer with the return of Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav. Afghanistan's decision to include another spinner in their playing XI indicates their strategy to exploit India's vulnerability against spin bowling. Overall, the match promises an exciting showdown between two talented teams.

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