New-look India square off against feisty England at Pune

The first game of the ODI series will see hosts India square off against England at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. India will see new Captain Virat Kohli lead the side for his first assignment in one-day cricket against England this Sunday. MS Dhoni timed his resignation from limited overs captaincy to a tee after seeing Kohli’s men rise among the ranks in Test cricket.

The visitors have a strong batting arsenal at their disposal with the destructive duo of Jason Roy and Alex Hales at the top of the order that can slay any attack on a given day. The openers have been fairly consistent for England chipping in with big scores for the side as Hales scored 171 runs in a run massacre against Pakistan recently at Trent Bridge to set the record for the highest individual score for an England player. Roy is not far behind as he has showcased his aggressive play in the T20 World Cup held in India a year ago. Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan are proven performers in one-day cricket while Sam Billings is a rising star desperate to make it into the side.

Ben Stokes is currently world’s best all-rounder and provides ideal balance to the side. Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and David Willey make up the pace attack while Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will fill the role of spinners in the lineup.

India on the other hand will see new faces in the lineup as Rohit Sharma has undergone a surgery that will keep him out of cricket for some time. Shikhar Dhawan is back at the top of the order for India. Kohli is the lynchpin in the Indian batting lineup and is the man the side always turns to during high-octane games to deliver the goods with the bat.

Dhoni is a proven match finisher for India with Yuvraj Singh making another comeback to the side after being overlooked previously by selectors. KL Rahul is a rising star and a player who has been impressive in his short career span. India might also play Amit Mishra to see three spinners take the field against England on Sunday.

Possible Teams for 1st Odi:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (c), Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumrah, Ravendra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav,

England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (c), Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, , David Willey, Chris Woakes


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