Nottingham: On a high after an impressive Twenty20 series win, an upbeat India will eye another dominant performance against hosts England in a three-match ODI series, which can be termed as a ‘dry run’ ahead of the World Cup next year.
With cricket’s blue riband tournament scheduled to be held in UK next year, the ODI series will give Virat Kohli an ideal opportunity to get a drift about the conditions that his men are expected to encounter at exactly same time next year.
While India will be buoyed by their 2-1 T20 series win, England, the top-ranked ODI team in world cricket, come into the series having crushed a below-par Australia 6-0 in their last bilateral engagement. England have been one of the finest 50 over sides in recent times and India will have their task cut against a batting line-up comprising Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan. Add Ben Stokes to it and England bear a formidable look. It is a reputation built on fearless, attacking cricket that has seen England win 46 out of 69 ODIs since a disastrous 2015 World Cup. Their last bilateral series’ defeat came in India in January 2017, with only a freak one-off loss to Scotland in the interim. The series will also enable Indian team management to mix and match the various combinations, keeping World Cup in mind.
Record total venue
For England, the series against Australia was a real morale booster as they blanked the world champions 5-0. They even scored the highest ODI total in men’s cricket by posting a world record total 481 at the Trent Bridge, the venue for the first ODI.
- 4 ODIs out of 21 Eng have lost in the last 12 months. The most recent string of those wins coming in the 5-0 thrashing they handed to Aus.
- 46-19 win-loss record England have since the 2015 World Cup.
Kohli needs to improve
32.33 is the batting average of Kohli against hosts England in 10 games. He, however, averages 52.46 in 19 overall games against them.
Men in Blue not far behind
39-19 win-loss India have in the past 12 months making them the only team that comes close to England.
MSD 33 runs away from 10,000
33 runs MS Dhoni needs to complete 10,000 ODI runs.