Giving due credit to Pakistan and New Zealand for their performances against Kohli and Co, focus should equally be put on some of the selection calls made before and during the tournament
India have brought back spinner Varun Chakravarthy by dropping all-rounder Shardul Thakur.
On paper, it may not look like a big match. But, after their painful losses in the first two games, against Pakistan and New Zealand, the remaining games assume even greater significance.
Afghanistan won the toss and opted to field against India at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Raina also said that the Indian pace attack has plenty of experience and the inclusion of Shardul Thakur will give extra strength to the pacers that skipper Virat Kohli has at his disposal.
KKR conceded 36 runs in the last three overs to allow DC score a fighting total.
While CSK beat MI and RCB by 20 runs and seven wickets respectively, KKR tamed RCB and MI by nine and seven wickets respectively.
TN's chief coach, M Venkataramana, is all praise for Chakravarthy. What sets apart the 30-year old, according to Venkataramana, is the ability to adapt and apply pressure on the batsman.
India vs Sri Lanka first T20I: Dasun Shanaka wins toss, opts to bowl as Varun Chakravarthy, Prithvi Shaw get debut caps
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl in the opening T20I against India, which handed debut caps to Varun Chakravarthy and Prithvi Shaw.
Two years ago, it would have been unthinkable to look beyond Chahal and Kuldeep. Since coming together in 2017, they were the preferred duo in limited-overs.
Chakaravarthy was the first player in IPL to test COVID-19 positive and within a couple of days, the tournament was suspended because of multiple cases inside the bio-bubble across franchises
Both Chakravarthy and Warrier did not shw any major symptoms for the infection.
The virus appears to have sneaked into the bubble and is stalking its occupants.
It will once again be interesting to see which players in the IPL will rise to the challenge against the best in the business.