The hosts India are ready to face the visitors England in the second game of the three-match ODI series that will be played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Pune) this Friday (26th March).
Currently, India are leading this series by 1-0 as they won the ODI series opener by 66 runs. While India scored 317/5 (50 overs) in the first batting of that game, England provided a fiery start but they were all out for 251 runs in 42.1 overs.
India vs England 2021, 2nd ODI: India’s Predicted XI
In-form Rohit Sharma scored 28 runs in the opening game of this ODI series. Though he didn’t come on the field in the second half due to getting hit on the right elbow while batting and later feeling some pain, there is no serious news about him yet. But if Rohit misses the second ODI, Shubman Gill can be considered as his replacement in the playing XI.
In the ODI series opener, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan just missed his century as he scored 98 runs before getting out. His scores in the last four innings were 153, 44, 4 and 98. While he is regaining his form, some consecutive knocks will help him to keep his spot in the limited-overs sides.
Virat Kohli (C)
Captain Virat Kohli is in impressive touch despite not scoring an international century since November 2019. After winning the Player of the Series award in the recently concluded home T20I series against England for ending as the leading run-scorer, Kohli scored 56 runs in the first ODI of the ongoing series.
The 30-year-old Suryakumar Yadav recently experienced his first international match during the home T20I series against England. While he made his T20I debut in the second game of the five-match series, his second T20I match was during the fourth game of that series where he batted for the first time in international cricket and scored a fifty (57). In the next game, which was also a series decider, Yadav scored 32 off 17 balls. In the absence of injured Shreyas Iyer, Yadav can dream for his ODI debut.
KL Rahul (wk)
After missing professional cricket for three months, KL Rahul featured in the five-match T20I series where he was dropped from playing XI for the last T20I after scoring 1, 0, 0 and 14 respectively in that series. Rahul was selected as the wicket-keeper batsman for the first ODI where he scored 62 not out off 43 balls and his batting was one of the main reason why India set up a challenging first innings total.
Krunal Pandya made his ODI debut in the last game where he not only scored a half-century but it was also the fastest half-century for an ODI debutant (50 off 26 balls). While the left-handed batsman was in great form in the recent domestic cricket, he continued that form on his ODI debut where he scored 58 not out off 31 balls. Also, he got one wicket in that ODI where he had bowling figures of 10-0-59-1.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya is slowly coming back in his shape. While he played some good roles in the recently concluded T20I series against England, he only scored 1 run in the first ODI while he also didn’t bowl in that game. But the team has now enough confidence in him.
The Indian right-arm pacer Shardul Thakur is performing very well with the ball in hand. After finishing the recent T20I series against England as the most wicket-taker, Thakur took three wickets in the first ODI, including dismissing the most dangerous batsman in that game, English opener Jonny Bairstow (94 off 66 balls).
The right-arm pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is now slowly returning to his form. In the first ODI of this series, while the other Indian bowlers were very expensive, Kumar had bowling figures of 9-0-30-2 along with an economy rate of 3.33.
The left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav once again failed to impress with the ball as he had bowling figures of 9-0-68-0 in the last ODI. But he is likely to get at least another chance, which is going to be very crucial for him.
The right-arm pacer Prasidh Krishna made his international debut in the last game. Though he conceded 37 runs in his first three overs without picking up a wicket, he finished the day with the record bowling figures for an Indian ODI debutant. He had bowling figures of 8.1-1-54-4, including providing the first crucial breakthrough for the team by picking the wicket of opener Jason Roy (46 off 35 balls).