India v England ODI Series Preview

Updated: Mar 23

The final leg of England's winter starts tomorrow, with the first of three ODIs v India. Eoin Morgan has a weakened squad, having been at full strength for the T20Is, while Virat Kohli's man will hope they can ensure England fly home without a trophy.



Having won the tests 3-1, and the T20Is 3-2, Kohli will be hungry for more. However, India were beaten 2-1 in the most recent ODI series in Australia, even if they were without Rohit Sharma (injured) and Rishabh Pant (not selected).

With Rohit now likely to return at the top of the order, the question is who partners him. Will it be the experienced Shikhar Dhawan, who played in Aus, or the newcomer Shubman Gill, who played his third ODI down under. In the middle order, will India go all out attack, with Suryakumar Yadav, Pant, and Hardik Pandya, or will out of form KL Rahul been given a chance at 5?

With the ball, India's challenge is working out their best bowling line-up. Buvi Kumar is likely to return, having impressed in the T20Is. However, his pace colleagues could see a debut for the pacey Prasidh Krishna, or perhaps some of India's growing young talent, in Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur, may get a chance to press their claim in the side.

Spin wise, it remains to be seen whether Kohli will go with two mystery spinners, in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, or the more batting capable Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar.

One to watch-

Shreyas Iyer, a recent Lancashire signing, was very impressive in the T20Is, and will want to lay down a marker in the ODI format, which he is arguably best suited for. In 21 games so far he averages 44.83 at a strike-rate of 100.74, and will be a key player in the middle overs. Should India give him the freedom not to play as an anchor, he could score some good, quick runs.

Possible XI-

R. Sharma

S. Dhawan

V. Kohli (c)

S. Iyer

R. Pant (wk)

H. Pandya

K. Pandya

S. Thakur

B. Kumar

Y. Chahal

T. Natarajan



One of the key questions for England is who will bat at three, a key position in ODI cricket. With normal reliable strike-rotator and run-scorer Joe Root absent from the squad, someone else will have to step up for the visitors.

Ben Stokes could move up the order, and play an anchor role, as others hit around him. Or, Liam Livingstone, a powerful hitter, could come in for a debut, to try and maximise the powerplay. The outside options are Sam Billings, although he is more suited to the middle order, from where he scored his maiden ODI hundred last year against the Aussies, or Moeen Ali, who remains an enticing option with the bat.

On the subject of Moeen, it remains to be seen what England's spin attack will be for the series. Moeen, along with Adil Rashid and Matt Parkinson are in the squad, and while Rashid will play, it remains to be seen if the others get a game. Morgan's plan for the poorly managed Moeen and Parkinson, who have played one and zero games this winter, will be interesting, as could be useful come the T20 World Cup.

Also interesting, is with Jofra Archer absent due to his elbow issue, is the question of how England's pace attack will line up. England have both Curran brothers in the squad, along with pace express Mark Wood. Left-arm option Reece Topley is also in the squad, who could see his first action of the winter.

One to watch-

Jonny Bairstow has had a quiet winter, with no fifties in four tests and five T20Is. While he offered glimpses of his talent in the recent T20I series, he is a phenomenal white-ball opener, averaging 50 at a strike rate of near 110 for England in ODIs. His last ODI v India saw him smash 111, in a key World Cup game, and he'll be hungry for more.

Possible XI-

J. Roy

J. Bairstow

L. Livingstone

E. Morgan (c)

B. Stokes

J. Buttler (wk)

M. Ali

S. Curran

A. Rashid

M. Wood

R. Topley

Key info:


The first ODI starts at 8am GMT on the 23rd of March, at Pune, a day-night affair. The second and third follow on Friday the 26th and Sunday the 28th, both also D/N at Pune. However, clock changes in the UK mean the third will be at 9am BST on the Sunday, with the second still being the 8am GMT.


This should be a decent series, if slightly lower in intensity than the T20Is, and while England are still the best ODI side in the world, Root and Archer leave big holes, so I'm going 2-1 to India.


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