India and England will have a face off in the first One-day International at Pune tomorrow. The Indian team will be captained by Virat Kohli while the England team would be looking create history. It promises to be a mouthwatering clash as the pitch in Pune is expected to help the batsmen. Here we look at the predicted XI for India in the first ODI.
- KL Rahul
KL Rahul would be coming back into the ODI squad after missing the previous series against New Zealand. His ability to play aggressive strokes makes him a dangerous batsman. He would be eager to make an impact at the start of innings and help India to get a solid foundation.
- Ajinkya Rahane
The other opener Rahane had a great second warm up game against England. He scored 91 runs and helped India A register a big win over the visitors. As Anil Kumble said, Rahane would be coming into the top order and would give solidity. If Rahane could play an aggressive game, India will be to post a big total.
- Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was in excellent form during 2016. Now with the captaincy role, Kohli would be eager to take charge and play with an aggressive mindset. It is important for the Indian team for him to score big runs and help India win matches on his own.
- Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh would be making a comeback into the Indian squad after a gap of 3 years. His performance in the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 was outstanding with two big scores. In the first warm up match he played with aggressive attitude and smashed the England bowlers to all parts. If India gets a good start, Yuvraj Singh would be an ideal player to put pressure on England bowlers.
- MS Dhoni
After stepping down from captaincy, MS Dhoni would want to bat higher according to the team needs. He would play with more freedom now. If he gets more overs to bat, the Indian team would definitely be benefited.
- Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav would be an ideal number 6. In the previous ODI series against New Zealand, Kedar Jadhav did an excellent job with the ball picking wickets in the middle overs. He also contributed with the bat during that series. He would be an ideal option with part-time bowling and hard hitting abilities.
- Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin would be making it to the team after missing the ODI series against New Zealand. He played a key role in helping India whitewash England during the test series. In the middle overs, R Ashwin will play an important role in picking wickets and also controlling the run flow with the top quality batting line up of England.
- Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja will also be making a comeback into the ODI squad after missing the ODI series against New Zealand. He and Ravichandran Ashwin are important to India’s cause in the middle overs. Their ability to bowl consistent line and lengths would make life tough for England batsmen. His left arm spin bowling does not allow the batsmen to score runs easily.
- Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah has been the rising star for India. He made his debut during 2016 and has provided early wickets. Bumrah also solved the problem of death bowling with Yorkers and slow balls which makes life tough for batsmen. If Bumrah could continue his excellent form and deliver goods in tomorrow’s match, India would win the match.
- Bhvuneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar would be the second pace option for the first ODI. He has the ability to swing the ball and cause trouble to the batsmen. Kumar has not played an ODI for a while and could be an ideal pacer against England openers.
- Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav bowled well during the ODI series against New Zealand with control and picked early wickets for India. He has pace and would do the damage in the first ODI against England on a good batting pitch.