The hype associated with England vs India ODI series has already left the fans haywire. Such has been the level of competition among the two ODI giants in the games that ensued, that even cricket fanatics are finding it difficult to take sides in the ODI series that’s going to take place between them. Perplexed, Anxious and Passionate– these 3 words best describe the fan’s emotions, prior to the 3 match ODI series.
Having won the T20i series, India will surely eye for ODI win as well. But, the question is, will it be a walk in the park for the Men in Blue or would they have to sweat it out during the contests?
3 issues that could bug the Indian team during England vs India ODI series
Lack of Experience in the bowling attack
With key Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah now out of the picture, Indian team would surely have some tough time in the ODI series.
They would have to rope in some experienced individual who could choke down the opposition when needed, and dry up the run rate in the death over events.
But the question is, Does the Indian team have an experienced bowler on board? Apart from Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who’s himself going through some fitness ailments, there seems to be no person in the Indian unit well versed with the art of death over bowling or generating yorker deliveries at will.
Also, the Men in Blue would find it difficult to pick up quick wickets under gruelling situations, something that was comparatively easier with the duo of Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar by each other’s side.
The mantle would probably pass on to Deepak Chahar or Siddharth Kaul, which could be a make, or a break moment for their ODI careers.
The number 4 dilemma
This is perhaps the most asked question among the Indian audience, as to who would bat at Number 4 for India during the ongoing ODI series. KL Rahul managed to notch up some decent performance while batting at number 3 for India in the recently concluded T20i series.
To the surprise of many, even Virat Kohli gave some equally important contributions, with scores of 47 and 43 in the 2nd and 3rd contest, which proved very crucial behind their series win. So should Kohli stick to number 4 position for the time being or make it a permanent for future as well?
Ganguly opens up!
Former Captain Sourav Ganguly too expressed his views when asked about this subject. He straightaway mentioned the need to have Kohli at 4, as it would only add to the team’s strength.
Being an experienced individual of the game, and of the present Indian unit, only Kohli possesses the ability to pull off some excellent piece of batting while at number 4 in the limited overs contest.
Will Kohli bat at number 3 or 4 in the ODI contests is something that only time can tell!
The fitness of Indian pacers needs a check!
Indian team yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah was expected to turn up as a nightmare for the English unit, prior to the start of the series. Unfortunately, the thought of Bumrah scaring the bejesus out of the England batting attack, kind of backfired to a large extent.
The fitness of the Indian bowling attack is currently at stake. There ain’t any swing specialist or death over specialist in team apart from Umesh Yadav and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
Even, Bhuvaneshwar’s having a bit of a tussle with the body lately, which puts the entire pressure on Umesh’s shoulder. With no disrespect, but ,we all know how costly Umesh Yadav could turn out to be on 8 out of 10 such occasions.
Bowling will surely not be India’s forte in the ODI series. That’s for sure.