India will not go ballistic from ball one, but the batters are expected to bring their fearless shortest format approach to the ODIs when the three-game series against England opens on Tuesday. India’s risky play helped them win the series against England and given that the ODIs have become an extension of the shortest format, skipper Rohit Sharma sees no reason why his team should turn back from that approach.
England redefined the way ODI cricket was played and their dominant run culminated in the 2019 World Cup trophy. It would be no exaggeration to say that India’s fresh take on the shorter formats was inspired by the English template.
The three matches will be the only 50-over matches India will compete in before the T20 World Cup, but Rohit claimed they are still very important.
“All matches are important to us. We cannot play with the idea that ODIs are not a priority, but we have to consider the workload of each player. We will make changes, but our ultimate goal is to win matches. We will don’t leave that thinking process behind,” Rohit said on Sunday after the third T20 in Nottingham.
“For us, the goal is to understand white ball cricket, how to play, new guys play. 50 left is an extension of T20. You may be taking less risk in ODIs compared to T20 cricket, but you have to take it.” team will have an optional training session at The Oval with a quick turnaround between the T20 and ODI series.
For someone like Shikhar Dhawan, who only plays in one format and will lead the team in the West Indies, it will be a challenge to tackle the English attack from the start.
However, the southpaw has found ways to stay consistent whether he’s playing ODIs for India or the IPL. Over a billion people waited for Virat Kohli to take shape in the T20s, but it didn’t.
He bought into the team’s new approach and had to go hard from ball one, but the ODIs series will give him a lot more time to get back to his best. He showed a glimpse of his rare genius on Sunday and hopes to find a pocket full of points in the three games.
India’s conscious effort to play aggressively won’t always be good, but the team management is ready to live with that. Rohit also spoke of the biggest takeaways of the T20 series victory.
“The biggest advantage has been the approach of everyone who has played this series. How they have enjoyed the moment in the middle, the opportunity, the opposition, taking that extra risk.
“The mindset is something we’re trying to change and I think that’s the biggest advantage of all players. They’re willing to do that, they’re willing to take that risk. And if I go talk to certain individuals or players and I hear the same kind of response from them, that’s the biggest takeaway.
“As we do that, of course the results will go here and there. We’re looking at the bigger picture and to get there we’re going to make some mistakes,” he said.
The ODI series will be Buttler’s first since he took over as Eoin Morgan’s white-ball skipper. After the disappointment of the T20, the hosts will be happy to bounce back strongly.
Buttler himself will try to hit the big scores he is known for after failing in the T20s.
England will be bolstered with the return of their star players Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, the hero of the hosts’ Birmingham Test victory.
Although Root does not play T20s, Stokes and Bairstow were rested after the historic win in the rescheduled fifth Test.
Selections: Jos Buttler (C), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey.
India’s squad for 3 ODIs: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (World Cup), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, J Bumrah , Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Shami, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.
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