Team India is set to kick off the England tour at the end of this week when they play the rearranged fifth Test from last year’s tour, which will not only determine the results of the five-match series but will also show them a mirror for the roadmap ahead in the WTC 2021-23 cycle.
Just after the conclusion of the one-off Test, India will turn into the blue colours to play the white-ball leg comprising three T20 Internationals followed by as many ODI matches.
All six white-ball fixtures between England and India will be held at different venues in the United Kingdom. Both the teams have already announced their squads for the rescheduled fifth and final Test in Birmingham but they are yet to reveal their white-ball squads.
England will obviously see a change in the white-ball leadership after veteran skipper Eoin Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday (June 28).
India will also play under the leadership of Rohit Sharma for the first time in England. However, the Indian skipper isn’t certain to play the one-off Test after contracting the virus last week and is going under an isolation period. India will miss the services of injured players KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav with Ruturaj Gaikwad being the latest to add to the list.
India last played the ODI series against West Indies at home, where they clean swept the Kieron Pollard & co 3-0 after suffering a whitewash at the hands of South Africa in their last overseas ODI series earlier in January.
Let us look at India’s predicted 15-member ODI squad.
IND vs ENG: India ODI Squad vs England (Predicted)
1) Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is likely to be fit by the time India starts the three-match ODI series on July 12. This would be the first overseas assignment for the 35-year-old in the 50-over format as India captain after he missed the ODI series against South Africa at the start of the year due to a hamstring injury.
Rohit has amassed 9238 runs in 230 ODI matches and 544 of those runs have been scored against England. Rohit will take a leaf from his magnificent 2019 World Cup experience, where he scored five centuries in the showpiece event in England and finished as the leading run-scorer with 648 runs at an average of 81.