India vs England ODI series has become a hot topic for conversation among the cricket fanatics across the globe. The T20i battle that ensued between the cricketing giants left many bewildered on which team to choose for the ODI duels. England which entered as the favourites for the T20i series now would look to relinquish their trust among the local audience in the Eng vs Ind ODI series.
But, will it be an easy contest for the England team? Considering they’d be playing a unit which has a humongous bundle of experience and potential on board, it certainly won’t be a walk in the park for the home team to get an upper hand over the Indian unit.
Indian team would be eyeing for the number 1 spot in ODI rankings as well, so it becomes all the more necessary for them to give their best shot against the current table toppers of the limited overs cricket. So, without wasting any minute further, let’s have a glimpse at the key factors that will decide the outcome of the Eng vs Ind ODI series.
3 key factors that will play a major role in Eng vs Ind ODI series
England pitches would play a much greater role in determining the outcome of Eng vs Ind ODI series. Wondering how? Well, the 2nd and 3rd T20i games at Cardiff and Bristol showed exactly how important the playing surfaces could be in any high-octane duel. In the 2nd game, where the players found it difficult to put up even 150 on board, the 3rd game witnessed 200 being chased with ease.
Thus, the Indian team will have to make the necessary amendments in their team, only after determining the venue, grounds and the pitch conditions. Smaller grounds with flatter tracks would surely aid the Indian spinners, as it was visible in the 3rd T20i contest.
He is one player who has shown some extraordinary finesse, since his arrival in the Indian team. In the white ball cricket, he has turned himself into a weapon of mass destruction who possesses the ability to choke the opponents or dry up the run rate when needed.
Decimating the England team in the 1st T20i game at Manchester, was one such instance of match-winning prowess. Though his performance in the 2nd T20i game might have compelled the skipper into axing him from the final game, it’s time now, for the young boy from Chandar Nagar to bounce back into the scene, with a flurry of over the top peformances in the white ball cricket.
India’s performance in the English conditions?
Team India would have to rake in as much experience of playing in England as possible. Perhaps, it is their last chance of playing the white ball cricket in England prior to the World Cup, which will be played next year under English conditions.
Against a team like England, which has been playing some stupendous cricket in the last couple of years, a nerve-wracking battle with them would only add to India’s experience.
Plus, there could be many positives that India could look up to at the conclusion of this series. Kuldeep and Chahal’s rise in the ODI levels, KL Rahul’s prowess being checked at number 3 or 4 position of the ODI games, Hardik’s all-round abilities being put to test, Deepak Chahar and Siddharth Kaul’s futures in the ODI format of the game, it would surely be a learning experience for entire Indian unit.
Not to forget, it would also be the test of Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the limited overs cricket in the English conditions.