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Who Takes Virat Kohli’s Place? India’s Predicted XI for First T20I versus Afghanistan: Sanju Samson vs. Tilak Verma at No. 4

<p>Afghanistan is in India to play Rohit Sharma’s team in a three-match Twenty20 International series that will begin in Mohali on Thursday. In the last bilateral match before the T20 World Cup 2024, the skipper of Team India will play in the shortest format for the first time in over a year. Virat Kohli has also been included in the team, although his absence from the series opener for personal reasons means that the fans will have to wait a little longer to watch him bat.</p>
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<p><strong>Sorting Openers</strong></p>
<p>The return of the two mainstays, Rohit and Kohli, has made selecting a potent batting lineup more difficult. Rahul Dravid, the head coach of India, said on Wednesday that Yashasvi Jaiswal, a rookie player, and captain Rohit would comprise the top order. Who moves into position three now that Kohli is not participating in Mohali?</p>
<p><strong>Gill at position three</strong></p>
<p>Shubman Gill, who was selected as the third opener, would then be selected. He would have a fantastic chance to make his case, particularly after a disappointing attempt to compete in the shortest format the previous year. Despite reaching a hundred runs in the format, he could only amass 312 runs at an average of 26 in 13 innings.</p>
<p><strong>The Non-Present</strong></p>
<p>Afghanistan will not have their superstar Rashid Khan, while India will lose the services of Ishan Kishan, middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer, and former vice captain KL Rahul. Due to injury, Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya were already out from the series.</p>
<p><strong>Samson vs Tilak</strong></p>
<p>The management of the squad will have another enigma to solve with No. 4, as left-hander Tilak Varma and right-hander Sanju Samson are tied for first place. In the event that Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma remain in the starting lineup as keeper-batter and keeper, respectively, Varma may have to give up his spot to Sanju, who would bat at No. 4 as a pure hitter.</p>
<p><strong>The pace batteries and all-around players</strong></p>
<p>India have Axar Patel at their disposal to provide a another batting option down the order. He will also share spin-bowling duties with Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.</p>
<p>With their fiery spells, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, and Mukesh Kumar, the speed three, will be eager to combat the chill in Mohali.</p>
<p>CricketNext’s lineup prediction for Afghanistan’s T20I match in Mohali:</p>
<p>Rohit Sharma (C), Yashasvi Jaiswal are the openers.</p>
<p>Shubman Gill, Sanju Samson, Rinku Singh, and Jitesh Sharma (wk) are middle-order</p>
<p>Axar Patel, all-arounder</p>
<p>Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, and Mukesh Kumar are the bowlers.</p>

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