India vs England T20 2021: how to watch TV coverage of cricket series, match schedule, dates and start times
England captain Eoin Morgan leads his team into a string of white-ball fixtures against India over the coming weeks
Following a disappointing Test series in India, England’s cricketers will be hoping for better luck once the white ball action starts.
A string of Twenty20 (T20) and One Day Internationals (ODIs) are scheduled to take place over the coming weeks as the action hots up.
England, led by captain Eoin Morgan, are the world’s number one side, have won every series over the past three years and boast highly ranked players Dawid Malan and Adil Rashid.
The last time England tasted a series defeat was in 2018 to India who, in comparison, have drawn three and lost four of their past seven series.
But, with the likes of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul in their ranks, the hosts are not to be underestimated.
When is the India v England T20 series?
The fourth India v England T20 cricket match is scheduled to take place on Thursday 18 March 2021.
There are five T20 fixtures scheduled before the white ball action continues with three ODI matches before the end of March.
India v England – first T20 – 12 March – ENGLAND win
India v England – second T20 – 14 March – INDIA win
India v England – third T20 – 16 March – ENGLAND win
India v England - fourth T20 - Thursday 18 March
India v England - fifth T20 - Saturday 20 March
What time does India v England T20 start?
UK fans will be pleased to know that there will be no more early morning wake ups to watch England cricketers in action in India due to the different time zones.
The India v England T20s are scheduled to start at 1.30pm (GMT).
Where will India v England T20 be played?
Ahmedabad’s impressive Motera Stadium, which was renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium at the beginning of the third Test after India’s prime minister, will host the T20 series.
Sport has long been played on the ground before a complete rebuild between 2015 and 2020 - at a cost of £80 million - which saw the Motera become the largest cricket stadium in the world.
The stadium has a whopping seated capacity of 110,000, surpassing Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which can hold up to 100,000 spectators at its full capacity.
Will there be fans inside the ground for the first India v England T20?
Large crowds attended the first two T20 matches but will not be allowed in the last three of the cricket series due to a spike in coronavirus cases in India.
What players will feature in the India v England T20 series?
India: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
England: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood.
What TV channel is the India v England T20 series on?
The first part of England’s tour of India saw Test cricket projected to the masses, as Channel 4 won a late race for the television broadcast rights from India’s Star network.
However, the white ball action from the tour will not be shown on terrestrial television with a familiar broadcaster stepping in to take exclusive TV coverage of the T20 series.
All five matches of the India v England T20 series will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket.
The match will be available to subscribers of the channels at no extra cost.
Sky Sports packages range from £18 per month for the dedicated Premier League and Football channels to £25 for the complete sports package, including Sky Sports Cricket.
Can I stream the India v England T20 series?
Sky Sports subscribers can stream the action as it happens on multiple digital devices - including mobile phones and tablets - via the Sky Go app.
Cricket fans wanting to watch the T20 action without signing up to a contract can buy day or month passes to Sky Sports from NOW TV.
The NOW TV app can be found on many of the latest smart TVs and can be streamed through phones, computers, tablets, consoles and BT Sport.
How can I listen to India v England T20s on the radio?
Radio coverage of England’s tour of India can be found at talkSPORT 2.
The digital station has acquired the radio broadcasting rights to all five of the T20 India v England fixtures, as well as the subsequent three ODIs.
Former England star batsman Kevin Pietersen will offer his thoughts on the action as he joins a string of ex-internationals, including Darren Gough and Mark Butcher.