The big picture: Can England get back to winning ways?
India vs England was one of the most anticipated matches of the 2023 ODI World Cup. After all, it is the pre-tournament favorite (and host) taking on the defending champions. But no one had imagined that by the time this game came, England would be in trouble.
England are at the bottom of the points table with just one win from five matches. If they are to reach the knockouts from here, every atom in this universe will have to work for them – they need many permutations to go in their favor.
It seems England have already done what was within their control. He has tried all 15 players from the original team, tried to play without a care in the world and even left out his vice-captain for three out of five matches. Nothing worked.
Form guide: India on track to win
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In the spotlight: Mohammed Siraj and Jos Buttler
Team news: India likely to remain unchanged
India have the option of bringing in R Ashwin and playing three spinners. But this will leave them with only two fast bowlers. So expect them to play an unchanged XI.
India (Probable): 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj
With no left-handed batsman in India’s top six, Moeen Ali has minimal value in his offspin. So he is likely to sit out once again and Harry Brook will take his place. England can also bring Gus Atkinson in place of Mark Wood.
England (Probable): 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Jos Buttler (c, wk), 6 Harry Brook, 7 Liam Livingstone, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 David Willey, 10 Gus Atkinson, 11 adil rashid
Pitch and conditions: Red clay surface
The temperature will be around 31 degrees Celsius in the afternoon but should drop to five degrees in the evening. There is no forecast of rain.
Stats & Trivia: Kohli vs England
- Only twice have defending World Cup champions failed to reach the knockouts: Australia in 1992 and Sri Lanka in 1999.
- Shreyas Iyer is 69 runs away from 2000 ODI runs. If he gets there on Sunday, he will be Jointly second fastest Indian Up to the mark.
- If Buttler scores 82 runs on Sunday, he will move to joint second position. second fastest englishman Up to 5000 ODI runs. Overall, there are only six wicketkeeper-batsmen 5000 or more runs in ODI,
- England is the only team against which Kohli has played more than one ODI match. average less than 50 (43.22).
- Shami has dismissed Buttler five times in 60 balls, more than any other bowler in ODIs.
- Jonny Bairstow averages 13.25 against Ravindra Jadeja in ODIs, in which he has dismissed four players in six innings.
“Whoever has got the opportunity has contributed. I know big scores have not been made, centuries have not been made apart from Virat and Rohit. But it is a challenge for other people. Shubman has scored half-centuries, Shreyas Has scored a half-century.” Scored a half-century, I am batting well. When Jadeja got a chance in the last match, he also finished the match. Therefore, every player has a different role. And they are performing their role and responsibility well. The team is winning, so we are not really worried. Whenever someone gets an opportunity, I am sure they will put their hand forward.”
KL Rahul Not worried about lack of middle-order centuries
“We were desperate to come here and try to win 50-plus competitions in a row. We’re still very much focused on all formats of the game.”
England assistant coach marcus trescothick The idea that England have lost interest in ODIs has been refuted
Hemant Brar is sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo