After the closely fought India vs England five-match T20I series where India won 3-2, the two heavyweight teams will be locking horns in a three-match ODI series starting with the 1st ODI on March 23. All the three games will take place at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Amidst the recent increase in the coronavirus cases, it has been decided that the three-match ODI series will be held without the spectators as was the case during the last 3 India vs England T20Is in Ahmedabad.
1. Virat Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli was in a tremendous form in the recently concluded ENG vs IND T20I series where he ended as the highest run-getter with a fabulous tally of 231 runs in 5 games at a phenomenal average of 115.50. Kohli also has a fantastic record against England in ODIs with a total of 1178 runs in 30 matches at an average of 45.31 that includes 7 fifties and 3 centuries. Therefore, the modern master will once again be a player to watch out for in the upcoming ODI series.
2. Rohit Sharma
India’s senior opener Rohit Sharma picked some vital form with an outstanding half-century in the 5th T20I match and he will want to replicate the same performance in the upcoming ODI series against England. In 224 ODIs, Rohit has composed a stunning tally of 9115 runs at an average of 49.27 which includes 43 fifties and 29 hundreds. The Indian opener also has a sensational record against England in 50-over cricket where in 13 matches, he has scored 454 runs at an average of more than 50 that includes 2 centuries and as many fifties.
3. Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow has been a remarkable ODI batsman for England in the recent few years. In the last home ODI series against Australia, Bairstow was the leading run-getter with 196 runs in 3 matches at an average of 65.33 which included a sensational century in the 3rd ODI. In 83 ODIs, the right-hander has scored 3207 runs at an average of 47.16 that comprises of 13 fifties and 10 hundreds. Bairstow also scored an amazing century in the 2019 World Cup encounter against India.
4. Ben Stokes
England all-rounder Ben Stokes is surely one of the best cricketers in white-ball cricket due to his incredible ability both with the bat and ball. He has the Man of the Match in the final of the 2019 World Cup and played a vital role to help England win their maiden WC title. In 95 ODIs, Stokes has scored 2682 runs at an average of 40.64 and has also picked up 70 wickets. If England are to win the upcoming ODI series, Stokes will have to perform extremely well with his all-round abilities.
5. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
While making a comeback in international cricket from injury, Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar looked in a top-notch form in the recently concluded England vs India T20I series. His economy of 6.39 was the best in the T20I series and also delivered a brilliant Man of the Match performance in the final series deciding game where he ended with excellent figures of 2 for 15 in a high-scoring encounter.
Bhuvneshwar will now be hoping for a similar performance in the three-match ODI series where he will be leading the Indian pace attack. In 114 ODIs, the right-arm pacer has taken 132 wickets at an economy of 5.03.
The first of the five ODIs between the two heavyweight teams will be hosted at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on 23rd March. Watch India vs England Live 1st ODI on Hotstar and Star Sports. The first ball will be bowled at 1:30 PM (IST).
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