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Ind vs Eng 2021, 1st ODI Preview: Teams To Continue Experiments In Changed Format

Ind vs Eng 2021, 1st ODI Preview: Teams To Continue Experiments In Changed Format
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India and England will look to get better than where they left off in the recently concluded T20I series. While India will look to get batter as a side, England would look to give it back in the 50-over format. What will be common, however, is that both teams will continue their experiments with an eye to build up a proper squad keeping in mind the World T20 later on. 

The India vs England ODI series is also a part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, which is also known as ODI Super League. The top seven teams on the points table will qualify for ICC World Cup 2023 slated to be held in India while the remaining teams will have to play qualifiers. More about the 1st ODI Preview in detail below. 

India have made some interesting additions to their squad. Krunal Pandya, Prasidh Krishna and Suryakumar Yadav have been added into the squad and one of them is likely to make his debut in the 1st ODI. Meanwhile, for Rishabh Pant it’s a comeback of sorts and a reward for his consistency since the Australia tour. KL Rahul has been given a longer rope in the series and will get a look in. 

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Meanwhile, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has confirmed the team’s openers for the 1st ODI. Shikhar Dhawan after missing the last four T20Is will open with Rohit Sharma. He has not said anything about the bowling combination as yet. 

Meanwhile, England skipper Eoin Morgan has said that this series will be a test of their fringe players and a building block towards the two World T20s.

“It’s going to be exciting, three games at the same ground against a very strong Indian side is a huge opportunity for everyone to get back out there, in the frame of mind and the pace of 50-over cricket and for guys who want to make their case in both formats. We see the 50-over format between the two T20 World Cups as a building block for our squad”. 

Head To Head


  • Total matches: 105
  • India won: 53
  • England won: 42
  • In IndiaTotal: 52
  • India won: 31
  • England won: 16

Weather& Pitch Conditions For 1st ODI 

It is summer in India at this time and the condition are expected to remain hot and humid. The pitch for the first game is expected to remain batting-friendly like the Motera was in the T20Is. Interestingly, India holds the record of the highest total at this venue. They chased down 351 required to win against England back in 2017.

Team News For 1st ODI 

Shikhar Dhawan will open the batting with Rohit Sharma as confirmed by Kohli. The real interesting thing to watch out for is where the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer bat in the lineup. Also interesting to see will be if Kuldeep and Chahal plays together. 

Meanwhile, for England, Joe Root and Jofra Archer misses the ODI series. While Root was sure to miss the series, an elbow injury has forced Archer to be sidelined from the three-match series. England’s selection too for the 1st ODI is a mystery with so many players vying for several spots.

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Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), KL Rahul (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur


 Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Livingstone, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood

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