India and toured England back in 2017 during the ICC Champions Trophy. However, there was no match between India and England, while Pakistan clinched the trophy. Hence, the series between India and England in January 2017 was the last faceoff between the teams in ODI format. Back then, in the three-match series, India won the first two matches, and England saved itself from being whitewashed winning the third. Now after a year and half, the teams are meeting again in the format. India is on tour of Ireland and England; the ODI series against England breaking on 12 July will be the second leg of the team after a victorious T20 campaign.
Both the teams have undergone substantial changes in their self-structure and formation. When England was in India, the conditions were different and now, India is touring England in a different condition. This time, both the teams seem to get a bit more focused on bowling strategy. This might be also due to the lessons learnt during the preceding T20 series. Also, the white ball debate started by Sachin Tendulkar, calling the mismatch of new balls and pitch a “recipe for disaster” added strong fuel. While other cricketers aligned themselves with the master blaster, India brilliantly matched its team formation to work on the situation.
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are on primary focus as the most effective attack options against England. Both being wrist spinners, became the only fitting part in the while ball conundrum. So far, they are the proven bets for India in the tour. India’s win in the T20 series by 2-1, had impressive contributions from Yadav and Chahal. At Old Trafford match, Yadav’s five wicket was a relieve for India.
Still, England is considered as a strong team in ODI now, especially after several successful campaigns in the format. With players like Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and Joe Root, India’s wrist spin strategy might go through complex situations. On the other hand, England has its own ensemble in the department to strangulate India. Against this backdrop, the series is emerging as a test for both Yadav and Chahal. If they can impress the selectors in the ODI series, wrist spin attack of India will reach another level of respect.
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