INDIA TOUR OF ENGLAND, 2022
Jason Roy is 4, 0, 27 and 0 in his last four innings against India. ©Getty
If the Indian think tank were to rank the perfect ODI over the past five years, the Oval game would top the order. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami stifled England for just 110. Rohit Sharma then finished with a windy fifty as India cleared the runs without breaking stride. On that day, just after winning the draw, nothing could have gone wrong for India.
Incidentally, this superlatively paced bowling spectacle shed light on PowerPlay’s recent shortcomings in India. They had entered the opener with the worst averages, strike rate and save rate in the first 10 overs in the 50 over format since the 2019 World Cup. The visitors also included an additional specialist pace bowler at Prasidh Krishna rather than a more comprehensive option in Shardul Thakur. It is true that Prasidh has been in fine form in the ODIs and his style of bowling was suited to the extra bounce offered by the oval track. However, somewhere it also indicated India’s attacking mindset of chasing wickets. As a caveat, conditions at Lord’s for the second ODI need not prove to be so favorable for bowlers, although the slope is a factor on the ground.
Shikhar Dhawan, who last played a competitive game in May, looked rusty for a while but his time in the middle could prove just the right tonic for finding his batting rhythm. Meanwhile, Rohit’s carefree approach to the top was a continuation of India’s restyled hitting philosophy. England, on the other hand, finds itself on fragile foundations. Despite the return of in-form hitters – Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root – to the setup, the first order continues to be a line of concern.
Jason Roy’s scores against India in the four limited overs matches were: 4, 0, 27 and 0. The England flyhalf has had its share of prolonged struggles in limited overs cricket in the past, but he invariably regained his mojo. He would therefore seek to draw strength from his previous experiences. If the new ball continues to move, England may have to recalibrate their plans to some extent at the top. With many of their pace bowlers out of action due to injury, the bowling unit also appears to be lacking a bit of edge. Even if in the first match, they didn’t have enough points to defend. England believe they have the depth of shot required to bounce back at Lord’s.
When: England vs India, 2nd ODI, July 14, 1pm local, 5.30pm IST
Where: Lord’s, London
What to expect: If the Lord’s track also has grass cover/moisture, the team that wins the toss is ready to play. Incidentally, a few weeks ago when Somerset faced Middlesex in a T20 Blast match, Tory Karl McDermott left a tint of grass behind. The white Kookaburra swung more than expected not only in the first ODI but also in the previous T20I series. The sample size, however, is small. The weather forecast suggests it will be mostly clear.
England could trust the batting order and play the same XI that raced to a 10-wicket loss in the opener. Harry Brook and Phil Salt are the two options available if England are to tinker with their failed batting unit.
Possible eleven: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c, wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse and Reece Topley.
India would likely continue with the winning combination. Virat Kohli, who was taken down by a groin problem, could be rested for the second game in a row given the short time between games.
Possible eleven: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer/Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Prasidh Krishna.
Did you know?
– India have lost all three ODI series they have played outside of Asia since 2020 – New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
– Three top-four Ducks for England in an ODI – Roy, Bairstow and Root against Australia at Adelaide in 2018. Roy, Root and Stokes against India at The Oval in 2022.
– Players with 40+ average and 100+ strike rate in ODIs since January 2018 (minimum 1500 runs) – Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler.
What they said:
“There was obviously a bit in the wicket at the start and I thought Jasprit Bumrah had exposed it particularly well. We had the big guns come back. They were all in the best shape of their lives, playing the test of cricket. so that proves that it was not easy there, but we have to look and think that there is a way to try to manage better, to try not to lose so many wickets at the beginning, and we have to learn quickly, ” butler on England’s collapse at the Oval.