3 Asian players who can fit into current England ODI side

The England ODI side is filled with some dynamic players who have proven to be match-winners.

Joe Denly of England
Joe Denly of England celebrates with teammates. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

It’s been about 10 months since England became the No. 1 ODI team in the world. The Eoin Morgan-led side dethroned India from the pole position in the ICC ODI Rankings in May last year. Since then, no team has even come close (maybe India) to dethrone them. They have played some really good and consistent cricket and the results have reflected that.

The 2015 World Cup seems to have come as a blessing in disguise for this Eoin Morgan-led side. After crashing out in the group stages of that tournament, England revamped the way they played white-ball cricket and ODI cricket, in particular. Since April 2015, England have a win percentage of 66.23 in the 50-overs format and a win-loss ratio of 2.43 which is the best among all teams.

The England ODI side is filled with some dynamic players who have proven to be match-winners. Like all teams, they do lack a player or two in certain departments but they’ve covered the bases well and have done exceedingly well. However, here we look at three Asian players who can walk into the current England ODI side.

Here are 3 Asian players who can fit into the current England ODI team:

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli of India
Virat Kohl. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

The Indian skipper is arguably the best ODI batsmen in the world at the moment. In fact, he’s been at the top of the tree for quite some time now in limited-overs cricket. Since the start of 2016, Virat Kohli has amassed 3702 runs at a stunning average of 88.14. He has scored 16 hundreds in this period. Since the start of 2018, he has registered just one single-digit score and has redefined consistency in the shorter formats.

Joe Root has also been amongst the runs and is at the third position in the same period with 2725 runs at an average of 63.37. However, he can always drop himself down by one position and accommodate Kohli at 3. With Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes to follow, the batting line-up could take a further intimidating look with the inclusion of Kohli. Moreover, Kohli has a very good record in England. And who wouldn’t love to have the best batsman in the world in their side?


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