London: In his ODI career spanning over 10 years and 209 matches, Indian captain Virat Kohli has played only once at Lord’s in 2011. He managed 16 runs on his maiden outing at the famous venue. Saturday’s match will be his second at the Home of Cricket and a win will give India their second consecutive bilateral series win over hosts England after the 3-1 series win in 2014. Kohli also played a Test at Lord’s in 2014 scoring 25 and 0 in the first and second innings respectively.
Interestingly, even India have played only 7 ODIs at Lord’s in 44 years winning four and losing twice while the most recent match in 2011 ended in a tie. Men in Blue look set to wrap up another series on the tour unless England find a way to tackle the marauding Kuldeep Yadav. Wrapping up the ODIs with a 2-0 unassailable will also close the gap between the two sides in the ICC rankings. More importantly, it will hand over bragging rights to India ahead of the five-Test series.
Men in Blue unbeaten since Jan 2016
India, meanwhile, are unbeaten in bilateral ODI series since the tour of Australia in January 2016. They have won 9 successive contests thereafter, with the 2017 Champions Trophy the only tournament wherein they failed to return with a trophy.
Kuldeep confident of getting nod for opening Test
Nottingham: In-form India spinner Kuldeep Yadav hopes he has done enough to stake a claim in the playing eleven for the opening Test against England at Birmingham. Kuldeep has been on a roll in the limited-overs leg of the tour UK tour, amassing 18 wickets in five games including the two T20s against Ireland. He also ended the 1st ODI against England with a career-best 6/25 on Thursday.