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After sweeping the Test series by 3-1, The Virat Kohli led Indian Cricket Team also established dominion over the T20 series against England on Saturday, 20th March. The last T20 of the series against England was a decisive match. That could have made England the champions of the T20 series if the odds had been in their favour. Records like the Indian Cricket Team has the highest score against England, the 8th win of a series consecutively were made in the tie-breaker game.
Apart from being record-shattering and entertaining, the T20I series was equally significant for the Indian Cricket Team. It was probably the last T20I series that the Indian team played before the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled in November 2021. The series played by the Indian Cricket Team has set the standards high ahead of the upcoming World Cup in November.
Besides the T20I World Cup, the players of the Indian Cricket Team would surely be confident and full of zeal to conquer the ODI series against England. In a similar manner as they annexed the Tests and T20s.
The series would consist of 3 games on the 23rd, 26th and 28th of March.
In this article, we would discuss the key points that the Indian Cricket Team would have surely planned for the upcoming ODI series, starting tomorrow.
Form of the Experienced Players.
The Test and the T20I series against England have played an integral role in bringing back the form of the experienced players of the Indian Cricket Team.
Though the ODI squad majorly encapsulates young cricketers, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s current form can turn odds in favour of the Indian side.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s unexpected opening in the last game has proven to be beneficial for the team.
Also, experienced players like Kohli & Rohit would compensate for the inconsistent form of Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal.
The Return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The 31-year old right-arm pacer has won many laurels for the Indian Cricket team in the past.
And would indeed pose a grave threat to the batting line-up of England.
Though Bhuvneshwar Kumar had been inconsistent in his bowling length for the last two years, he has managed to bounce back miraculously, especially in the last game.
Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s experience is something that the Indian Cricket team would surely latch onto for an easy win.
Improvement in the Middle Order.
Since the 2019 World Cup, which was followed by several series, the middle order of the Indian Cricket Team has disappointed in a lot of instances.
The middle-order plays an integral role in an ODI series because of the length and impact of the format.
The combination of players’ performance in the Tests and the T20Is indicates a gradual improvement in the players’ temperament and consistency.
Players like Surya Kumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant have constantly helped to prevent any middle-order line-up falls.
The players’ combined efforts in the middle order will surely help create balance if the opening partnership fails to sustain long enough.
Young and Mystery Players are getting a chance to showcase their skills.
The experimentation of letting the young players take on an experienced team like England is usually not seen at such a high juncture.
To everyone’s dismay, the experiment has reaped some fantastic fruits.
The firm belief of the captain of the Indian Cricket Team in inexperienced players like Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishaan Kishan and Rishabh Pant has strengthened the team even more.
And the players, especially Surya Kumar Yadav, have left no stone unturned to lead the team to victory in the T20 series.
Several players like Prasidh Krishna, Krunal Pandya, T Natarajan and Mohammed Siraj have also made their place in the upcoming ODI series. With Ravindra Jadeja missing the series because of injuries, Krunal Pandya would quickly take over an all-rounder’s responsibility.
Whereas Prasidh Krishna, a medium-pacer, will act as the mystery player. Belonging from Karnataka, he has maintained a fantastic record in First Class Cricket and has an INDIA A-Team experience.
Fearless Attitude and Establishment of Dominion from the initial game.
Though this is not related to the cricketing skills and techniques, the attitude of the Indian Cricket Team would be a deciding factor for the ODI series. In both Test and T20, the experts observed that the defensive style of the Indian team had an adverse effect on the outcome of a few games.
And as seen in the last two games of the T20 series, the team’s fearless attitude led to victory besides the efforts.
Thus, it would be exciting to observe the behavioural pattern of the team in the upcoming series.
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