World T20 runners-up have some of the best short-format players in the world right now, says India captain.
Since their first-round exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, England's limited-overs fortunes have taken a turn for the better. England were one of the semi-finalists in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and have won six of the seven bilateral one-day international series at home since the last World Cup.
In the shortest format of the game as well, the Eoin Morgan-led side have won three of their past seven bilateral Twenty20 International series and made the final of the ICC World T20 2016 in India, where they lost narrowly to the Windies.
The increased impetus on white-ball cricket has also seen England players participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well as in other T20 leagues all over the world in increasing numbers.
Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali are some of the England players in the Indian T20 league and India captain Virat Kohli, who also leads Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL, believes that England have come a long way as a limited-overs side.
"I think it is because of how they play their T20 cricket. The last couple of years, right from the T20 World Cup, they have been an explosive T20 side," said Kohli on Sunday 15 April, pointing to the increased participation of England players in the IPL.
While not too many England players got picked in the auction, several more have been brought on board since then, and at last count, there were 12 England internationals in the IPL.
“People are sharpening their skills according to the format, and these are some of the best T20 players in the world right now. So you get picked in the IPL,” pointed out Kohli.
Two Englishmen, Woakes and Ali, are Kohli's teammates at Bangalore, and the captain acknowledged their role in the team.
"They are top guys. They are really optimistic and are helpful for the RCB team culture. It is good to have good people around,” he said.
David Willey, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Alex Hales, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Jason Roy and Liam Plunkett are the other English players in the IPL, while Jofra Archer, having made a mark in county cricket, is waiting to qualify to play internationals for England.
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