India-England Kickstarts ODI Series on the New Venue, Pune; Playing XI, Updates and Predictions

India-England Kickstarts ODI Series on the New Venue, Pune; Playing XI, Updates and Predictions

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India will square off against England in the first ODI tomorrow on Tuesday, March 23 at MCA stadium, Pune. After successful comeback by Indian team in the T20I series both the teams will move on to 3 match ODI series in Pune.

India once again will have a slight advantage of playing at home but England are world champions in this format and are no mere pushovers. Earlier India announced the ODI squad for the series. This will be the last international series for both the teams before upcoming season of IPL 2021.

India might continue with the squad albeit with slight modifications that served in the T20Is. They have added three players pacer Prasidh Krishna, all-rounder Krunal Pandya and batsman Suryakumar Yadav to the squad and can be expected to give them chances at some stage. KL Rahul is the second wicketkeeper behind Rishabh Pant but his modest form in the T20Is might work against him for a place in the Playing 11. Shikhar Dhawan, who played just one match in the T20I series, might get a look in as the second opener with Rohit Sharma considering his comfort and record in the 50-over format.

England have suffered a massive jolt as pacer Jofra Archer has withdrawn from the ODIs because of an elbow injury. England have added Liam Livingstone to the squad and have taken Dawid Malan, Jake Ball and Chris Jordan as travelling members of the ODI squad in the event of an emergency.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar/Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.

England: Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley.


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