IND vs ENG ODI series: 3 selection issues for Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid

IND vs ENG ODI series – IND vs ENG 1st ODI: After winning the T20 series with a game to spare, Rohit…

Series IND vs ENG ODI – IND vs ENG 1st ODI: After winning the T20 series with a game to spare, Rohit Sharma and Co. will now go 50-over in the final segment of India’s England tour. The series marks the start of India’s preparations for the 2023 World Cup on home soil and coach Rahul Dravid will be keen to lay out a plan, as he did in the T20 format. Follow India v England live updates on Insidesport.IN

India has a plethora of options for ODIs, and Rahul Dravid will be keen to sort through a few at the end of the tour. Head coach and captain Rohit Sharma will have some tough calls to answer and here are three selection headaches India will face ahead of the 1st ODI IND vs ENG at the Oval.

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IND vs ENG ODI series: 3 selection issues in India as Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma eye ODI plan ahead of 2023 World Cup – Find out

Problem 1: Shreyas Iyer or Suryakumar Yadav?

While India’s top 3 have been a staple for much of the past decade, it’s the middle order where the Men in Blue have struggled. Among the current crop, Shreyas Iyer and Sruyalklumar Yadav have both fought for places in the side, doing their best in the limited opportunities presented to them.

In the absence of KL Rahul, India will have to support one of the Mumbai batsmen, Suryakumar Yadav currently leading the hunt with a scintillating century at Trent Bridge in the IND vs ENG 3rd T20. In his seven ODI matches, Surya has scored 267 points over two half centuries. The most eye-catching part is his high strike rate of 103.09 alongside his average of 53.4

Shreyas, meanwhile, is vastly more experienced having made his ODI debut in 2017. In 26 games, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain has completed 947 carries at an average of 41.17. Shreyas has nine cities to his name and a century, proving to be an important candidate for the role.

Problem 2: Shardul Thakur or Mohammed Siraj or Prasidh Krishna

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Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are the first-choice pacemakers in the 50+ format, but India will have to make a tough decision for the team’s third-choice pacemaker. Shardul Thakur is the most experienced of the lot, having played 19 matches. While the Delhi Capitals pacemaker provides striking depth, his numbers have been poor, conceding more than 6 runs per over in his career so far.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj and Prasidh Krishna have only played a handful of T20 matches, with four and seven matches respectively. Both have an economy below 5, but Krishna’s average of 16.72 is half of what Siraj has achieved so far.

Arshdeep Singh is also in the mix, having been named in the ODI squad for the first time. The left arm booster adds variety to the offense and its kill ability could be useful for India. The 23-year-old made 17 List A appearances for Punjab, winning 21 wickets at an average of 30.95.

Problem 3: Where beats Rishabh Pant?

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Rishabh Pant has been in fine form for India in the ODIs, scoring five fifty in the last 12 innings in the format. The southpaw had opened against West Indies in an ODI but floated down the middle order. Rohit and Dravid are hoping to find a fixed position for the team’s flamboyant southpaw. With Hardik Pandya also back, Pant is again likely to beat at 4, where his average drops to 28.50 while averaging at No. 5. 44.28.

IND vs ENG ODI series: 3 selection issues in India as Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma eye ODI plan ahead of 2023 World Cup – Find out

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