England vs India, 1st ODI – India Predicted XI

The first ODI of the three-match ODI series will be played at Nottingham.

Team India in Ireland
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Team India registered an emphatic win in the T20I series against England recently. They stunned the hosts by 2-1 after Rohit Sharma scored a magnificent ton in the decider to give India the series-defining lead. The Men in Blue have been in a dominating form in the white ball cricket in the recent times. They have been perennially accused of underperforming outside the Asian subcontinent. However, things seem to have been changing in the recent times.

The Indian team thumped South Africa in South Africa in the ODI series they played earlier this year. The 3-match ODI series is their next big assignment on the overseas front. The action moves to Nottingham for the first ODI as the Virat Kohli-led side will try to extend their domination on the tour. Things will not be very easy though. The two sides last faced off in an ODI game in January last year when England pipped India in the Kolkata ODI. However, they had lost the series by 2-1 back then.

The English side has revolutionized their gameplay in fifty-over cricket over the last two years. They have hardly conceded any game on the home soil. In order to overcome the mighty English side, the Indian team will have to put their best combination forward.

Here is the India Predicted XI for the first ODI:

Openers (Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan)

The Indian team is very much likely to stick to their tried and tested opening combination of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Shikhar Dhawan had a fantastic time in Ireland. However, he failed to leave an imprint in the T20Is against England. He will be itching to do well in the ODI series. He has a very good record in the English conditions and would want to extend on the same.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma will come in to the ODI series riding high on confidence. After a couple of low scores in the first two T20Is, Rohit bounced back with a series defining ton in the final T20I. He seems to have got his feet moving just at the right time on the tour.

Middle-Order (Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik)

As the action moves to the ODI series, all eyes will be on the skipper of team India, Virat Kohli. Virat was in sublime touch when he played the ODI series against South Africa in South Africa. He hit three tons on the tour. Considering the fact that he has had a comparatively rough run in England, he would be desperate to improve his numbers on the English soil.

Another batsman who would be closely monitored in the series is KL Rahul. Rahul has been in a sensational form in the last couple of months. He was a juggernaut in the IPL and the Karnataka lad showed great class in the first T20I against England recently. Considering his excellent run of form, Rahul is expected to get a look in to the side for the ODIs as well. The key here will be to see at what position he gets to bat.

The number five spot in the Indian middle order will be up for grabs in the series. The top three contenders for the role are Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, and Manish Pandey. Pandey has been struggling with his form and Raina has been largely inconsistent. Amidst this backdrop, Dinesh Karthik serves his case perfectly. Karthik’s heroics in the Nidahas Trophy finals is still fresh in the memories of the Indian cricket fans. He deserves a go in the playing eleven.

Wicketkeeper (MS Dhoni)

Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni is set to continue in his role as the wicketkeeper of the team. Dhoni had a decent time in the T20Is. He has been chipping in with crucial runs in the final overs of the innings. Behind the stumps, his contributions extend well beyond his role with the gloves. He will be a key player for the side in the series.

All-rounder (Hardik Pandya)

Hardik Pandya has improved significantly in the bowling department. In the last few games, he has shown that he can bowl his complete quota of overs in the shortest format of the game. It will be interesting to see if he can replicate the same in the ODIs as well. Also, with the bat, he has been on a six hitting spree in the recent times.

Spinners (Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav)

The Indian spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will have a big task in hand during the series. It will not be wrong to quote that they will have a lot of eyes staring at them. The way the Indian spinners fare up in the series will define the course of actions and dictate terms of the fixtures.

When India toured South Africa earlier in 2018, the two spinners shared 33 wickets among themselves. They were the prime reason behind India’s dominating run on the Proteas soil. It will be interesting to see if they can do so in the English conditions. Kuldeep already has a five wicket haul to his name on the tour.

Pace bowlers (Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed out on playing the final T20I of the T20I series. Also, in the second T20I, he had a rough run with the ball in the final over that he bowled. He is most likely to be back in the playing eleven for the ODI side. His ability to bowl well with the new ball and the old ball alike makes him the spearhead of the side.

Umesh Yadav has had an excellent time bowling with the new ball in the last couple of months. He has proven to be the wicket taking bowler with the new ball. He will be expected to get the early breakthroughs for his team. He had a decent time in the T20I series as well. He is likely to get a look in ahead of Shardul Thakur and Siddarth Kaul.

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