The Indian team will go into the second ODI where they will play England in Pune on Friday with the tail up after winning the world champions in the first match of the series. The incredible play was backed by the bowlers who came back after a bad start burying Eoin Morgan’s team.
England have to play it all because they have already lost the Test and T20I series. Morgan’s team has as many injury problems as India and it remains to be seen how they will prepare for the most important conflict.
India will be forced to make changes due to Shreyas Iyer’s injury and may look set to change the spin option again after another improper performance by Kuldeep Yadav.
Here is our predicted XI of the India 2 ODI Team playing against England
1) Rohit Sharma: The batsman showed a glimpse of his outstanding ability at the top of the order in the first outing but his innings were curtailed. Rohit has been the batsman of India’s form throughout the series and a big hundred on a flat deck awaits him in his favorite format.
2) Sikhikhar Dhawan: Not popular in Tests and T20Is, but Shikhar Dhawan has shown why he is such an important asset to the team in the 50-over format. A painful dismissal from 98 means that ‘Gabbar’ will look like up to three characters again. Consistency is very important from left manager as he may now lead Delhi Capitals in the upcoming IPL in the absence of Iyer
3) Virat Kohli: The whole country is waiting for Virat Kohli to turn 100 and so on. The Indian captain is in top form as he showed in the previous game and would like to earn some money if he is attacked by a tired and frustrated England.
4) Suryakumar Yadav: Ready to accept the 50-over format and also be given the opportunity to prove himself absent from Iyer. Yadav’s confidence in making a stroke is something that gives him an x-factor and India needs a player who can break free from their formulaic beats in the ODIs and bring in more songs.
5) KL Rahul: The best thing about India from the first game of the series is Rahul’s return to pursue goal-scoring form. But the striker knows that he is far from perfect. Rahul needs to remove his ban soon and play free cricket because there are so many opponents of his current slot and they are all very good.
6) Hardik Pandya: Virat Kohli’s unwavering faith in the power of Hardik around him means he will continue to be in the playing XI. But Hardik misses more than shooting and that needs to change. He can’t stay in the cycle mark all the time if he doesn’t do his jobs well.
7) Krunal Pandya: The man in form made the most of his purple pine tree by making the first half of the century fast and fierce. But if Krunal wants a long run for the team he will have to hone his bowling into a wicket-taker in mid-overs.
8) Shardul Thakur: An Indian man with a gold arm has put oodles in the balance in this group. His ability to bake in the middle of death and pick up wickets is of unparalleled quality as well as his downfall. Real blue day cricket match.
9) Bhuvneshwar Kumar: He has missed cricket due to injury but Bhuvneshwar Kumar is still recovering. His spell in 1 ODI has completely changed the hosts’ game and he still throws to India’s No. 1 spot this way, even without Jasprit Bumrah on the team.
10) Prasidh Krishna: A four-wicket haul in the debut and that and after Bairstow’s beating at the start of his spell shows how mentally strong the Indian cricketers are. He will have another opportunity to prove his point.
11) Yuzvendra Chahal: His best friend Kuldeep Yadav also did some bad play in world cricket and that could force Kohli to give Chahal a chance. Both finger spinners have been struggling and Chahal may want to change you in this game.