Well, after 5 long gruelling test matches it’s finally some time for colour. As both India and England gear up to take on each other in the first of three ODI’s and following 3 T20 games and we can expect some serious action on the field from both sides. The first ODI match between India and England will be played on Sunday, 15 January 2017 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. The game will start at 1.30 pm till then check out the India vs England 1st ODI prediction, match preview and squad.
The 5 tests proved to be fatal for the Englishmen with them losing 4-0. Those were not just defeats but heavy defeats which flatten your confidence. Such has been the impact that Alastair Cook is even mooting to step down from captaincy.
But as the year has changed the format has also changed. After the humiliating defeat to Bangladesh in the 2015 WC, Eoin Morgan has transformed this English team. With limited over specialists this English team is far more suited to Indian conditions than the Test team. With exciting prospects like Alex Hales, Jos Butler, Stokes and Morgan this English team may well prove a nut to crack for India.
India vs England 1st ODI Match Preview
So, what does the first ODI hold? First the pitch, A Pune pitch can get as uncertain as anything in this world. In the last international T20 that it hosted India VS Srilanka it turned out to be batsmen’s grave and in the last ODI the pitched favoured the batsmen. But going by the IPL matches, the pitch is going to be slow and hold up and is surely going to assist the killer pair of Ashwin and Sir Jadeja.
The first ODI will also see Virat Kohli leading the ODI team for the first time(although he had done it previously, but now he is permanent). It would be interesting to see how things pan out under him. His aggressive captaincy would be breath of fresh air from the calm and cool approach of Dhoni. It would also be interesting to see how he uses the spinners, a trade Dhoni was a master of, while he is still under Dhoni.
The team selection for India is also going to be interesting. With the Champions Trophy looming around the corner it would be one last chance to check the ammo.The bowling department looks set with a spin duo of Ashwin and Jadeja and with quicks like Umesh, Bumrah and Bhuvi up their ranks.Pandya looked well in the practice match that he played. It would be interesting to see where he bats in the order.
Now the emotional part: Dhoni and Yuvraj. These two stalwarts of Indian cricket have given moments of immense joy to us cricket fans. There is nothing better to watch than these two destroy and humiliate the opposition bowling attack.Now at the dusk of their illustrative careers, this series may well be the last time to relive those amazing scenes that they created.
Also, it’s up to them to grove youngsters who can finish off the innings like they used to do.And surely we want Dhoni to bat at number 4 and hit the winning six!!India wants to see Dhoni of the past and with the weight of captaincy off his shoulder, we might well get to see it.
India vs England 1st ODI Prediction
Looking at current form of both teams, India should win this match.
India: Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav,
England: Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan(c), Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes,
TV Channel & Live Stream: Star Sports will have live coverage in India while live streaming will be available on Hotstar. Sky Sports will broadcast in the UK.