India to Dominate the ODI Series While Having World-class Spinners: Steve Harmison
Team India will be very confident after winning the three-match Twenty20 International series against England by a 2-1 margin. However, they are well aware of the fact that they will pose a totally different challenge in the 50-overs format.
Three Lions-led by Eoin Morgan are currently the number one side in the 50-over fold and have some exceptional players in their ranks. \
The English batting line-up looks world class and has the ability to decimate any bowling attack on their given day.
Very recently they notched up the highest ODI score when they amassed 481 for six in their allotted 50 overs in an ODI against Australia in Nottingham.
The likes of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy has been in sublime form and have scored plenty of runs in the recent past. They have taken on the bowlers with disdain and went on to decimate Australia by a 5-0 margin in the ODI series. It was largely possible due to a tremendous batting effort by the home team.
However, India is a different proposition altogether. They have two world-class spinners in the form of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have tormented star batting line-ups even on unresponsive pitches.
Both shared 33 wickets between them in the ODI series against South Africa. The left-arm chinaman bowler also bagged a five-wicket haul in the opening T20I clash against England.
Indian spinners are way above their English counterparts, feels Harmison
Former English speedster Steve Harmison feels that the Indians are slightly ahead when it comes to the spin department.
“I don’t think the English spinners are anywhere near as strong as the Indian spinners,” Harmison said.
With the World Cup just a year away Harmison remarked that England must learn to play the wrist spinners well.
However, he feels that the conditions here might be totally different next summer when the World Cup arrives in the United Kingdom (UK).
Harmison feels that the batting department is strong for both the teams. When it comes to the fast bowlers, England has done a reasonable job and Harmison feels they will continue to do so in the ongoing series.
“It’s the spin element where India might just be slightly ahead,” said Harmison during an interview with the ESPN Cricinfo.
However, England has a great record at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The Team India spinners have started off well and Kuldeep has already bagged four wickets.
When the article was written, England were 198 for five in 39 overs with Ben Stokes at the crease after the dismissal of Jos Buttler.