The series has gone down very competitive between the top two teams and an exciting decider is on the cards in the third game of the England-India ODI series. India won the first ODI convincingly but England staged the best possible comeback by winning the second ODI and both the teams look like not giving up without putting up a fight.
India has a lot of work to do in their bowling department which has been good at times but looked pretty ordinary on most occasions. Credit has to be given to the England batsman who has not been afraid to attack from the outset while the England spinners have been far more impressive than the Indian spinners.
Here are three players who deserve to win the Man of the Series after the completion of the second ODI.
3 Players Who Deserve To Win The Man Of The Series:
Jonny Bairstow has been in the destructive mode in the first two games of the ODI series and was the architect of England’s comeback in the second ODI. His knock in the second game had taken the game away from India and the Indian bowling looked hopeless against him. In the first ODI, he scored 94 off just 66 deliveries with seven sixes and six fours.
Bairstow continued his good form into the second ODI with an excellent century and perished for 124 in just 112 deliveries. England built on the platform set by Bairstow and cruised to victory with more than 6 overs left in the bank. Bairstow’s knocks in the first and second ODI have been scintillating and he deserves to win the man of the series award.
India persisted with KL Rahul in the team after his poor outings in the T20 series and it paid off well as he has played two important knocks that have taken India to a good total in the first innings. Kl Rahul scored 62 off just 43 deliveries in the first ODI and formed a good partnership with Krunal Pandya in the middle when India lost a cluster of wickets in the middle.
In the second ODI, he continued his form coming in earlier at four and he stabilized the Indian innings alongside Virat Kohli. He finished with 108 runs in 114 deliveries and hit two sixes and seven fours in the innings. However, he did not end up on the winning side but his two valiant knocks certainly deserve the man of the series award.
Virat Kohli has been the most consistent performer for India in all forms of cricket and he continued to contribute with half-centuries despite his century drought getting continued in international cricket for the last two years. He formed a partnership with Shikhar Dhawan in the first ODI which helped India post a good score on board.
Virat Kohli has scored 56 in 60 balls in the first ODI and then continued with 66 of just 79 balls in the second ODI. His two half-centuries have resulted in India building up partnerships to accelerate the total in the end overs. His consistency has to be credited and he will surely be one of the contenders for the man of the series award.