This would be Joe Root and Ben Stokes’ first ODI game for England in the last one year.
England will take on India in the first ODI on Tuesday at the Kennington Oval, London. England have already conceded the T20I series and would be hoping for better performance in this format being the World Champions. The squad would be boosted by the return of Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, and Joe Root. They missed the T20I series and had a great outing in the rescheduled fifth Test against the Indian team. England did win the last T20I of the three-match series, however, that was against a weak Indian bowling attack.
The Indian team will also welcome Shikhar Dhawan and Mohammad Shami to the squad. Both the veterans are likely to make it to the playing 11. Dhawan would open the batting for the team which means Rishabh Pant, who opened the batting in the last 2 T20Is, would be slotted back to the middle-order.
England vs India, 1st ODI
Venue: Kennington Oval, London
Date & Time: 12th July at 5:30 PM IST and 1:00 PM Local Time
Live Streaming: Sony LIV
ENG vs IND, 1st ODI Pitch Report:
The pitch is likely to offer plenty of support to the batters all throughout the match. The average first innings score at the Kennington Oval in the last 5 ODIs is 300 runs which indicate that this might be a high-scoring game. The team winning the toss might look to bowl as batting might become a lot easy in the second half.
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ENG vs IND, 1st ODI Probable Playing XIs:
Jos Buttler (wk & c), Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Liam Livingstone, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Craig Overton, David Willey, Matt Parkinson, Reece Topley
Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Top Picks for ENG vs IND Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
He last played an ODI for the Indian team back in February this year against West Indies. He performed really well in this year’s IPL for Punjab Kings and finished the season as the leading run-scorer for the team. Apart from India, England is the only country where Dhawan has made over 1000 runs in ODIs. His last ODI appearance in England was against Australia during the 2019 World Cup at Oval only. He made 117 runs off 109 deliveries in that game and won the Player of the match award.
This would be Joe Root’s first ODI game in the last one year. He last played in this format back in July 2021 against Sri Lanka. Root has played exceptionally well in the longest format of the game and is the current number one batter in ICC’s rankings. He has played 18 ODIs against India and has made 728 runs at an average of 56.
Nothing is going in favor of the former Indian captain currently. His current dip in form has allowed former cricketers to question his place in the team. Before this slump came in 2020, Kohli had scored over 1000 runs in ODIs for three continuous years. In the last five years, he has been dismissed for a duck in ODIs only on three occasions and two of these instances have happened this year only. However, much like everyone else, we also hope that he returns to his usual form soon as India have to play two World Cups in the span of the next one year.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
Without a doubt, Hardik Pandya is going through the purple phase of his cricketing career. He won the IPL for Gujarat Titans in his debut season as the captain. Since his return to the Indian side, Pandya has not failed to impress with both the bat and the ball. In the first T20I against England, he scored his maiden T20I half-century and also bowled his best figures. He would be an important character for the Indian team in the middle order.
The current Test captain of the English team would be making his return to the ODI side after exactly a year. The 31-years-old all-rounder helped the English team win the ODI World Cup in 2019 for the very first time and has not been the same since that innings of 84 not-out against New Zealand. He didn’t play a single ODI for the team in 2020 and could feature in only 6 matches last year. However, his current run in the international circuit suggests that he might not be very far away from regaining his old stature.
Top Picks – Bowlers
He is probably one of the best bowlers for the Indian team in the recent past. His swing and accuracy have helped him perform everywhere that he has gone in the last few years. The last time he played against England in England, he picked a fifer. Three of these five victims are a part of this English squad. Shami last played an ODI back in 2020 and would be hoping to make a grand return.
After going wicket-less in the second T20I, David Willey picked the wickets of Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik in the third game. The 32-years-old bowling all-rounder has played 55 ODIs for England and has picked 77 wickets at an average of 29.93. Against India, he has picked 8 wickets in 6 ODIs and would be looking to improve his records.
Top Picks – Wicketkeeper
The new full-time captain of the English team has been in great form recently. After becoming the leading run-scorer this season in IPL, he went on to shatter a few records against the Netherlands in the ODI series. His 70 ball 162 not-out helped the English team post a total of 498 runs, the highest score by a team in List A matches. In 3 matches of the series, he made 248 runs and won the Player of the Match award.
He opened the innings for India along with Rohit Sharma in the last 2 T20Is against England. This was the first occasion of him opening the innings for India in T20Is. He has already done the same in ODIs when he opened the innings against West Indies at the start of this year. The 24-years-old wicketkeeper-batter would be back in the middle-order and would be responsible for finishing matches for the team.
ENG vs IND Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Jos Buttler, Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav, Joe Root (VC), Ben Stokes, Hardik Pandya (C), Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Reece Topley
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Jonny Bairstow, Virat Kohli (VC), Shikhar Dhawan (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Joe Root, Liam Livingstone, Ravindra Jadeja, Ben Stokes, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, David Willey
ENG vs IND Risky Captaincy Choices:
His ODI career is just 15 matches and it would be a huge gamble to pick a bowler as the captain of your fantasy team at this venue. You can pick him in your fantasy team considering he troubled the Indian batters in the third ODI and might do the same in this game.
The batting all-rounder is regarded as one of the best batters in T20 cricket. However, when it comes to ODIs, he is still very inexperienced. Livingstone has played only 6 ODIs and has made 142 runs at an average of 47.33. This would be his third ODI game against India.
Player you should avoid:
He might not make it to the playing 11 considering the form of other batters in the middle order. Hence, it would be safe to avoid him in your fantasy team for this match.
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