Taking a lesson from the crushing defeat in the second match at the hands of England, the Indian cricket team will play in the third and decisive one-day match to be held here on Sunday with the changed attitude and new strategy with the intention of coloring the victory of the countrymen in Holi.
On the batsmen’s pitch, England scored 20 sixes in the last match to ease the difficult target of 337 runs. Their in-form spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya made their work easier.
Indian captain Virat Kohli would never have felt as lacking from Ravindra Jadeja as in the previous match. Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes scored a lot of runs by applying the strokes to the Indian spinners.
In bowling, Kuldeep lost eight sixes more than any Indian bowler. He gave 84 in the second match and 64 in the first. At the same time, Krunal conceded 72 runs in six overs at an average of 12.
In such a situation, leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar can be replaced. Chahal may not be in the best form but Kohli has no option.
Krunal can also find a place in the team on the basis of batting but given the poor bowling, it is clear that he is not a long-term option.
The batting score of 336 was not bad but the batting style needed to be changed. The Indian team has been relying on playing fast in the last 15 overs and the practice was set by former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Many times this claim goes on but World Champion England has shown that it is right to attack from the very beginning on a helpful pitch.
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This later gives batsmen like Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya a chance to play freely. Captain Kohli scored a half-century in both matches but he is expected to score a century.
Kohli, however, said that he does not play for the record. He said, “I have never played for a century in my life.” This is the reason why I could even score so many centuries in such a short time. It is a matter of contributing to the victory of the team. Despite your century, if the team is not winning, then what use is it? ”
Kohli scored his last ODI century in August 2019. Hardik will play the finisher but he has not bowled much except for the recently concluded T20 series. The team management will have to consider it.
In fast bowling, Yorker specialist T Natarajan can be roped in along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. While Shardul Thakur is in form but being rested, it makes room for Mohammad Siraj and one of the famous Krishna.
England, on the other hand, are boosted by this win and it is a relief to have Ben Stokes in form.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), KL Rahul (wicket keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Siraj, Famous Krishna, Shardul Thakur.
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moin Ali, Johnny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jose Butler, Sam Curren, Tom Curren, Liam Livingstone, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood, Jack Ball, Chris Jordan, from David Malan.
The match will start at 30:30 in the afternoon.
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