While the test round of the trip was won convincingly by the hosts, the two nations played a high-quality Twenty20 fight in which India won 2-1 down and prevailed 3-2 against a winner.
Virat Kohli opened the innings in the fifth and final T20 game on Saturday, but the Indian captain has confirmed that he will reverse the order as the focus quickly switches to the 50-over format.
“As for the opening combo, Shikhar (Dhawan) and Rohit (Sharma) will definitely start. They have been great for us over the past few years,” Kohli said before the series.
England only fielded 12 players during the T20 games, a decision aimed at gaining experience in Indian conditions ahead of the World Cup in the same country later this year.
However, white ball skipper Eoin Morgan announced that the tourists will take advantage of the one-day games to take a look at the players who haven’t shown too much on the trip so far.
“During the one-day series we will see that the guys are given more options than the T20 series,” Morgan told the media.
“It will be exciting to play three games on the same floor against a very, very strong Indian team. This is a great opportunity for anyone to get back in the mood and pace of cricket over 50.” even for guys who haven’t had a chance to really bring their case forward.
“With the (T20) World Cup coming up, playing international cricket is a great opportunity for people who were on the verge of being here and haven’t made a selection yet.”
Jofra Archer will not be involved after returning home due to a persistent elbow injury, while Joe Root and Chris Woakes – two key players in the team that rose to World Cup fame on home soil in 2019 – will not be involved in turning on a hectic schedule while staying in bio-safe bubbles.
Moeen Ali, Sam Billings and Liam Livingstone offer options for a stroke order in which Root is missing from his usual position in third place. At bowling, spinner Matt Parkinson is hoping for an impressive chance, while Reece Topley could benefit most from Archer’s absence.
Jasprit Bumrah is a notable absentee on an Indian squad that includes Suryakumar Yadav – an exciting hitter who has not yet made his ODI debut – and Kuldeep Yadav, a crank on the left arm.
Kohli almost matches Tendulkar
Kohli, who ended up as the leading goalscorer in the T20 series, is far from breaking the record for India for most centuries in one-day cricket. The great Sachin Tendulkar is on the pile at 20. The Indian captain is also one of three-figure Score shy of scooping the most hundreds for India in 50 games against England as he is on the verge of matching Yuvraj Singh’s list of four.
England wants to keep the series alive
England have put together three consecutive wins against India in a one-day format. Another triumph in Tuesday’s opener would see them achieve their longest winning streak against their opponents in format (four in a row were scored in games between 1974 and 1981).
Key facts about the series
– India will face England in an ODI for the first time since losing a group cricket World Cup match by 31 runs over eventual champions in June 2019.
– The hosts were involved in just one completed ODI against England at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune and knocked them out there by three wickets in January 2017.
– Both teams have only won 50 percent of their completed one-day games since the end of the World Cricket Championship. India has recorded seven wins while its opponents have won four over the same period.
– Virat Kohli has recorded 30 ODI strikes against England, with his highest score against her being in the Pune format. 122 of 105 balls were handed in there in January 2017.
– Bhuvneshwar Kumar managed to get Jos Buttler out three times during the T20 series. In the majority of cases, a bowler dismissed a batsman in those five games (only 26 goals conceded).
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