Virat Kohli is an injury worry for India ahead of the 1st ODI against England.© AFP
After winning the T20I series against England 2-1, the Indian cricket team starts it’s ODI campaign with a match at the Kennington Oval in London on Monday. Several players like Shikhar Dhawan will be expected to play a big role in the 50-over format. However, the availability of former India captain Virat Kohli is the big talking point going into the match. According to a report in news agency PTI, Kohli is likely to miss the first ODI due to a groin strain. The extent of Kohli’s niggle is still not known, but the Indian team management wouldn’t mind giving the 33-year-old veteran a break so that he is available for the next two games at Lord’s (July 14) and Manchester (July 17).
The predicted India XI for the 1st ODI against England:
1. Rohit Sharma (captain) – He looked in good touch in the T20I series but could not convert the starts into big score. The ODIs will be a chance for him to redeem his form.
2. Shikhar Dhawan – The veteran batter is currently being considered only for the ODIs by the selectors. He would be desperate to leave a mark.
3. Shreyas Iyer – In the likely absence of Kohli, he might get an opportunity. The right-hander is not going through great form and would like to change that status.
4. Suryakumar Yadav – One of the most in-form batters, he scored a brilliant century in the third T20I against England.
5. Rishabh Pant (wk) – If he can perform, there is no better sight than Pant’s swashbuckling approach on the cricket field.
6. Hardik Pandya – The fast-bowling allrounder will provide balance to the squad.
7. Ravindra Jadeja – Another great allrounder, he will be expected to take his batting form to the next level. He can be economical with the ball too.
8. Yuzvendra Chahal – The leg-spinner is currently going through a purple patch and will be expected to scalp wickets for his team.
9. Jasprit Bumrah – He was rested from the third T20I and will be expected to spearhead the bowling unit yet again.
10. Arshdeep Singh – Having a left-arm pacer, will always add variety and deptt to the XI and Arshdeep showed his versatility during his T20I debut for India.
11. Mohammed Shami – The veteran pacer can be quite handy in the English conditions
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