India tour of England 2018, Three Match ODI Series, England vs India
ODI Series Review:
Team India captain and their coach Ravi Shastri are best known for the rotation policy and the fancy statement they use is “Horses for courses”! This did not work for them on multiple occasions and did not have results in their favor recently in South Africa tour too. It did not work either for India in this England ODIs.
At the end of the three match ODI series in England, India’s middle order needs a strong adhesive that will keep them intact. Even MS Dhoni had a bad tour, which allowed many critics points fingers at him. Indian former captain Sourav Ganguly urged the team management to play Lokesh Rahul at no. 4 and he thinks Rahul is someone who can construct the innings very well.
Suresh Raina got his place in this ODI squad just because Ambati Rayudu did not pass the Yo-Yo fitness test just after the IPL. However, he doesn’t seem to have capitalized on this rare chance before the World Cup. Yes, Raina got runs at Lord’s (his 46 was India’s top score in that ODI) but his inability to build a long innings and awkwardly fending at the short balls was clearly on display in this short ODI series.
On a lighter note, it wouldn’t be any surprise if selectors overlook Suresh Raina for India’s next limited-overs series. Lokesh Rahul and Umesh Yadav were India’s ‘Happy headaches’ ahead of this tour but they both were dropped for the Headingly ODI. Safe to say Indian captain Virat Kohli and their wrist spinners are the only positives for Team India in this short three match ODI series ,which England won 2 – 1.
On the other hand, England made a great comeback as a whole after failing completely to read Kuldeep Yadav in the first ODI at Trent Bridge. Joe Root has been a brilliant performer for them scoring two back-to-back centuries – 113* in the second ODI (at Lord’s) and 100* in the third ODI (at Headingly). He also rose to his career best second rank in the ICC ODI Batsmen Rankings.
England spinners were right on the money – Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid were successful in picking up the important wicket of Virat Kohli in all the three ODIs. Ail Rashid dismissed Kohli in the first and third ODIs while Moeen Ali got Virat’s wicket in the second ODI.
The same rotation policy would have cost India the three match T20I series against England which was played in the first half of July. Visitors have made some laughable changes to their playing XI in the third T20I throwing the series at stake. At that time, the three match T20I series was level 1 – 1. However, much to India’s delight, England had imploded towards the end of their innings in the third T20I to gift India the T20I series 2 – 1.
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