With a new series comes a new chance and new hopes to achieve something out of the ordinary. And when this series comes during a World Cup year, the opportunity becomes even bigger and better. And when you have a pool of players as we have for this game, the game also becomes larger than life. The England vs India 3-match ODI series is going to be one of the best ODI series you will watch. Especially in a T20 World Cup year because there are not too many ODI games that are happening at the moment.
Now both these teams have some amazing match-winners who will do anything and everything to win games. Big names like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jasprit Bumrah will be playing against each other in what should be a cracker jacker of a series.
England will know that this Indian side is as good as any they have faced over the years. There have been a lot of games where India and England played and India dominated the game easily. But England at home is a force to be reckoned with. So both these teams will know that they are facing some quality players and will have to bring nothing but their A Game forward.
India might be a little worried about the fitness of Virat Kohli who as per BCCI sources is having a groin injury. The injury does not seem serious and Virat’s participation will depend on the results of the scan. If a list of 5 things India wanted to achieve in this series was made by every fan, Virat Kohli getting some runs and even scoring a century might be the first choice by a country of billion people. But will it happen, will it not?
That remains to be seen.
England will be pumped and ready for this game. The return of Bairstow, Root & Stokes will give them a world of confidence. And it should too, considering how these three have been some brilliant form of late. And these three were the chief architects of India’s collapse from a winning position to a losing cause in the rescheduled 5th test.
England vs India 1st ODI Pitch Report & Weather Conditions
If there’s a game in England, the first thing you ought to talk about is the weather. Even before the pitch. And if you have been following cricket for a while, you know why. The heavens can open up anytime. However, for this game, there are no such predictions and we can expect a full game.
Now coming to the pitch conditions, the pitch here at Kennington Oval is predominantly quite good for batting. It has a lot of carry and the outfield is fast too. This is another high-scoring venue and we can expect the batsmen to have yet another amazing day on the field. The ball might start doing little tricks as the game progresses. The captain winning the toss might be tempted to bowl first even when it’s a good batting track as it is a day and night game too.
England vs India 1st ODI Playing XI (Probable)
England Predicted Playing XI:
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Liam Livingstone, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Matt Parkinson, Reece Topley
India Predicted Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli / Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.