Familiar challenge looms for well tuned England ODI side

Author : Salman Khan 11 Jul, 2018


Despite winning the Twenty20 International series comprehensively, India will be tested during the three-match One-day International series which kicks off at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday (July 12).

Familiar Challenge Looms For Well Tuned England Odi Side

England have only lost four out of their last 19 ODIs, a run which has included their world record 481 for 6 against Australia on this very ground just three weeks ago. It was a true reflection of how they have remodeled their batting approach in ODIs. Their imminent challenge, however, is how they fare against the two wrist-spinners - Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. 

India will dearly miss the services of Jasprit Bumrah, especially at the death, during the series. The other area that they are slightly vulnerable is their over-reliance on the top order, something which was exposed in the 2nd T20I in Cardiff.

Under the microscope

Though every player is under enormous pressure in an international game, these two will feel the heat slightly more due to their recent off-colour performances. 

Eoin Morgan: The English skipper looked lackluster during the T20 series. He needs to fire with the bat as he is an essential cog in that middle order for the hosts. His inability to counter Kuldeep was apparent but let's hope he is working hard with the Merlyn!

Yuzvendra Chahal: While the English batsmen have largely struggled against Kuldeep, they have picked Chahal a lot better. The legspinner went at 7.67 during the T20I series and picked only one wicket. Still, the succinct reason for India to pick him in white-ball cricket is his wicket-taking abilities. That ability has been blunted with Chahal taking refuge in bowling wide of the stumps in order to stem the flow of runs. Clearly, the tactic has backfired and it will be interesting to see if the legspinner has a new plan against England's power-hitters.

Set-up

The weather has allowed India to ease into this long tour without any discomfort. They have a 2-1 record at this venue but given England's balance and depth in batting, the hosts have their noses slightly ahead of India.

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