The Men in Blue would be taking on the Number 1 ODI team in the final ODI contest before they march onto their drills with the 5-match tests. A victory in this game would certainly boost up the player’s morale before the tests commence, but more importantly, it would help wipe off the stains imposed by the Indian spectators, following India’s loss at the Mecca of cricket. With only a couple hours left for the games to begin, let’s look at the 2 player battles that we might get to witness in the final game.
India vs England 3rd ODI- 2 player battles that the fans might get to witness
Kuldeep Yadav vs Jos Buttler
The Indian chinaman became an overnight sensation on the English soil, following his heroics of 25-4 in the 1st T20i, and 25-6 in the 1st ODI, where he single-handedly decimated the English team, which helped the Indian unit to draw the first blood in the riveting series.
Kuldeep was a bit expensive on that account in the 2nd ODI game, as he conceded 68 runs in exchange for 3 wickets. Still, the fear that he has instilled in the minds of the Englishmen, was quite visible from their play. Only a handful could take on the ante against Kuldeep’s spin prowess.
Perhaps, the only player from the English unit who could unleash a mayhem onto his spin bowling would be Jos Buttler. He’s the solitary batsman who possesses the ability to smack hard from ball one till, yet anchors the innings for the English unit from one end by taking ones and twos when needed.
Averaging 40.36 in the 116 ODI games, he has managed to rake in 3148 runs with 6-100s and 18-50s, that too at a strike rate of 117.11, which gives a glimpse of his hard-hitting abilities. Without an iota of doubt, he is the most aggressive English batsman to have ever played the game, and certainly one of the fiercest batsmen in the World at present.
How he’d unleash the carnage on the Indian team, specifically on the Indian spinner in the nerve-wracking contest would be a treat to witness.
Joe Root vs Yuzvendra Chahal
Root’s resurgence at the right moment helped the hosts level up the series by a 1-1 tally. It was high time for the stylish English cricketer to rise back onto the scene following some terrible piece of performances for a couple of months.
His 12th ODI hundred in the game at Lord’s was perhaps a mouth-shutting reply to the critics who raised doubts on his gameplay in the white ball cricket.
The way he tackled the nightmarish Indian bowler Kuldeep Yadav, pacer duo of Umesh Yadav and Siddharth Kaul was nothing short of a masterclass not many would have witnessed considering it was a do or die contest for the Englishman at the Mecca of cricket.
However, there’s one bowler who could give him some hard time during his stay in the middle. Yuzvendra Chahal, the spinner from Haryana is mere 5 short of achieving the 50 wicket mark in ODI cricket, and Headingley could appear as the perfect place for him to break down the English unit.
Can Root’s caliber outshine the spin prowess of Chahal?
the 27-year-old might not have instilled a sense of fear among the Englishmen, yet, he was successful in stopping the inflow of runs for the hosts in the battles ensued. His performance in the 1st game at Trent Bridge was pretty mediocre considering his finesse in the game, as he ended the game with figures of 51-1 in his 10 overs play.
The 2nd game witnessed him emerging as their most economical bowler for the visitors, as he ended his 10 over spell with a figure of 43-1, in a game where his colleagues were dashed for economies more than 6 and 7.