India captain Rohit Sharma doubts there will be a lingering hangover from their Test defeat to England ahead of the teams' three Twenty20 matches.
Rohit was India's leading run-scorer across the protracted Test series but was absent for the Edgbaston decider after contracting COVID-19, with England victorious as they reeled in a record 378-run target.
That they did so by losing only three wickets, with a chastened India bowling attack leaking nearly five runs an over, made it all the more astonishing as the series finished 2-2.
But with two separate teams set to contest the first of three T20s at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Thursday evening, a little more than 48 hours on from the end of the fifth Test, Rohit played down concerns India might still be reeling from their setback.
"It's disappointing not to come out on the winning side but clearly it's a different format. Time will tell whether that has impacted this format," he said.
"But the guys who won the Test match at Edgbaston are not here. It's a different side for both teams.
"Whenever there is a tussle between England and India, it's always a very highly watched contest and great fight between bat and ball. We're not expecting anything different."
Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja - all of whom were involved in Birmingham - will be available from the second T20 onwards.
The absence of the quintet for the series opener presents an opportunity for the likes of express fast bowler Umran Malik, who shone in this year's Indian Premier League and made his international debut in the 2-0 win over Ireland last month.
"He's very much in our plans. There will be times where we want to try out a few guys and Umran is definitely one of those guys," Rohit added.
"We want to see what he has to offer for us."
Australian Associated Press
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