India will take on England in a three-match ODI series starting at The Oval on Tuesday. After winning the three-match T20I series 2-1, Rohit Sharma and his men will now have to adjust to the fifty-over game, which means applying controlled aggression. Recently, the team had played some great cricket, but all out is a strategy designed for the shortest format. On the other hand, you need to put the anchor down first before you can accelerate the game of fifty overs. In addition, T20 World Cup 2022 is about to come but let’s not forget that in 2023 there will be a 50-over World Cup which is a tournament for the purists and the expectation will surely be at its peak.
We take a look at five players to keep an eye on.
Virat Kohli: After scoring just 12 runs in two T20 Internationals, Kohli would like to make a statement. He is looking good overall and his fans thought he could make the most of his extra time in a 50-over game against the same opponent. However, his record in the last 12 months does not inspire confidence. 6 matches, 142 runs at an average of 23. However, Kohli’s place in T20s may be under question, but he will continue to be a valuable force in India’s 50-over World Cup campaign in 2023. But for that to happen, they have to prove their worth. Worth the middle. His position is unstable right now, and to make matters worse, he has already been ruled out of the first ODI with a groin injury.
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Shreyas Iyer: One of the most handsome right-handers from Mumbai’s powerhouse ‘Khadoos’ circuit, Iyer made a mark in the T20I series against Sri Lanka, where he scored three back-to-back half-centuries in the lead-up to the IPL. He also scored a century on his Test debut against New Zealand, but times have changed and how. Suddenly everyone now knows how to get him out (short ball) and it seems his baptism with fire has finally arrived. Against England, like Kohli, he will have more time to settle himself and go after the bowling. The last time he played an ODI, he scored a valuable 80.
Shikhar Dhawan: If ever there was a word called ODI specialist, it would be completely applicable to Dhawan. He remains a foreigner to this team as his teammates are busy playing either Tests or T20Is, on the other hand, he plays neither which ensures that he does not get the playing time he deserves. It will be interesting to see that Dhawan, who captained India On the tour of Sri Lanka last year, he was also not selected for the two ODIs against West Indies in February. Nonetheless, his career average over the past 12 months shows his consistency. 7 games, 307 runs at an impressive average of 51! He would like to maintain this run provided he is picked in the first place.
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Prasidh Krishna: Another member of the ODI specialist club, the famous Krishna can deliver serious bounce thanks to his height. Even on damp pitches in India, he ripped it off against the West Indies, where he took 9 wickets in 3 matches in February. Even more impressive are his figures for the last 12 months where he took 12 wickets at an impressive economy of under 4-3.93 to be exact. Circumstances in England will only make him more lethal.
Hardik Pandya: All eyes will definitely be on Pandya as his ability to bowl more than six overs can make or break the team’s bowling combination. If he can bowl those overs, then India probably won’t even be able to play Shardul Thakur. If the answer is negative then Thakur comes in as India’s bowling all-rounder by default. It is interesting to mention that Pandya barely completed his full quota of overs in T20Is. In the IPL, he did not do so on one occasion except in the final. In the first T20I against England, he bowled three overs, while in the second T20I, he completed his full quota of overs, which bodes well for the Baroda all-rounder. It should be mentioned that he last played an ODI on July 23, 2021. Moreover, his resurgence as a middle-order batsman in T20Is is also a refreshing sign and fans can’t wait for him to bat like this in ODIs. Cricket.
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