The news of Men in Blue ripping tearing apart the three lions spread faster than a forest fire in the cricketing fraternity. The only thing that Indian fans are craving for at the moment is a hook or by crook victory in ODI as well as in Test series. This Ind vs Eng 1st ODI is perhaps going to be one fine piece of nerve-wracking competition among these two limited over giants.
Let’s look at 3 player battles which could surface up in the gruelling duel at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
2 player battles one could witness in Ind vs Eng 1st ODI game
Rohit Sharma vs Adil Rashid
Hitman taking on the English bowling attack would surely be a treat to the eyes of the cricketing fans across the globe. The English unit would have to decimate him early in the contest, to prevent the bombardment of fours and sixes.
There were talks regarding Rohit Sharma’s inability to play against the swinging deliveries, especially in foreign conditions. Even his knock of 97, against Ireland in the 2 matches T20i series was considered as an Act of power exhibition on the minnows.
What added more fuel to the criticism, were his below-par performances in the 1st and 2nd T20i games in the England series at Manchester and Cardiff. Luckily, he delivered a mouth shutting knock of an unbeaten 100 of 56 deliveries to steer his team to a series win.
Ther’s one thing that Rohit must remember, it won’t be an easy task for him to emulate that innings performance in the ODI series as well, especially without breaking a sweat. He would be facing the English leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who was successful in the recently concluded T20i series.
Shall I dry up some runs?
In the 1st T20i game at Manchester, the English spinner dried up the runs from the juicy Indian batting lineup, and in the process managed to have figures of 25-1 in his 4 overs spell. In the 2nd game as well, he dished out his leg breaks at right intervals and conceded mere 29 runs while taking up a wicket.
In the 3rd T20i game at Bristol, he might have been thrashed for 32 in his spells, still, he was the best bowler of the game according to the English standards, while his colleagues got smacked with economies more than 10 or 11.
Let’s see if the right-arm leg break emulates his performance in the ODI games as well.
Kuldeep Yadav vs Jos Buttler
The left arm Indian chinaman was sensational in the English conditions in the 1st game, where he single-handedly ripped apart the English unit. His spell of 24-5 was perhaps the best, one could witness in the T20i games. A total ripper! is what you could call his effort, in the 1st game at Manchester.
Even his start in the 2nd game at Cardiff was of inhuman standards, as he conceded only a single run in his 1st over, only to get thrashed in the later stages of the game.
Still, it looked pretty clear, that he had managed to instil fear in the minds of Englishmen during his play in the 1st game itself. But, there’s one English batsman, who could, in fact, butcher Kuldeep’s career in the 3 match ODI series.
Jos Buttler, the name is sufficient to send the bowlers panicking in fear while taking he run up against him. Destruction at its best is perhaps the best way to describe his finesse in the limited overs cricket.
Cricketing fraternity has regarded him as the most lethal wicket-keeper batsman to have donned the English jersey. For someone who plays at an average of 40.67 and a strike rate of 117.5, it would be a walk in the park to smack the Indian bowlers across the fence when needed.
One can’t imagine how scintillating these battles could be in upcoming Ind vs Eng ODI series.