Currently, the Team India is standing at the second position in the ICC ODI rankings, while England is leading the charts. But in English conditions, the difference in rankings seems to be small, however, the three-match series currently locked at 1-1. The third ODI is surely be expected to become a blockbuster.
England leveled the series against India in the second ODI of the three-match series owing to Joe Root’s brilliant responsible knock at Lord’s on Saturday. England was restricted to 322/7 in 50 overs while Indian team was bundled out for 236.
The good thing for India is that they have the best of the team to pick from in the series decider. A batting unit comprising of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik is a formidable one in any part of the world.
India also has a solid fast bowling attack led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (who has spasms in his back), Umesh Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Hardik Pandya, the all-rounder, and Shardul Thakur. There are spin options in Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, and Axar Patel too, and it might be tricky for the team management to leave players out.
India’s team combination might witness one or two chances after the loss in the last game, especially after the series getting leveled at 1-1 now. Kohli seems to be coming at no. 3 again, but changes might take place in the bowling department depending on Bhuvi’s fitness and the pitch conditions in Headingley, where fast bowlers have an upper hand in most of the game. However, Karthik might get a game as well as in the tour so far he is yet to play a match, apart from the second T20I against Ireland, in which he didn’t get the chance to bat.
India and England will play the final ODI on Tuesday, with the series leveled at 1-1.
India’s predicted ODI XI against England:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina/ Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/ Siddharth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal/ Shardul Thakur.