Fantasy Cricket: India v England ODI I Preview


The Tests and T20Is are done with India winning both those formats. While the Tests were a bit too easy for the hosts after a bumpy start, the T20Is were a lot closer. Eoin Morgan’s England are the current ICC ODI World Champions and for a reason. That makes the three-match ODI series in Pune very interesting. The first match will be played on Tuesday, unfortunately behind closed doors.

Both teams are missing some quality top players, but that should take nothing away from the encore of players that could line-up for the match. The unwritten rule, however, is that both teams will focus on the World T20 scheduled for later this year.

India Preview

Captain Virat Kohli’s return to form was the best thing coming out of the T20Is for India. KL Rahul continues to struggle to runs which could pave the way for Suryakumar Yadav’s debut. Interestingly, Shikhar Dhawan could be the one under pressure at the top with the emergence of latest talents.

As for your fantasy picks, Hardik Pandya’s all-round skills are a big positive for India and your team. There is enough evidence in Shreyas Iyer’s career so far to pick him for your side. Keep an eye on the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan who can be bargain picks.

England Preview

Jason Roy and Jos Buttler enjoyed batting brilliance of varied measure in the T20Is. That augurs well for the visitors ahead of the ODIs. Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan haven’t yet hit their top form which could be a cause for concern or optimism – depending on the way you look at it!

For your fantasy picks, Adil Rashid is one name that could be interesting. The likes of Stokes and Sam Curran give dual benefits of choosing them, although Curran’s choice could be one with risk.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Hardik Pandya has always been the X-factor for the Indian team whenever he got selected. With a great chance to be involved consistently with both bat and ball, he can be a good fantasy pick.

Jos Buttler gives enough points with his batting alone, making his ‘keeping a golden bonus. Having him in your fantasy side is a massive nitro boost for your points.

Ben Stokes had a quiet T20I series but ODIs is a different ball game for the all-rounder. He may even get a push up the batting order giving more chances for point accumulation.

Predicted XIs

India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Krunal Pandya 8 Shardul Thakur 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10 Yuzvendra Chahal 11 T Natarajan

England: 1 Jonny Bairstow 2 Jason Roy 3 Ben Stokes 4 Eoin Morgan (C) 5 Jos Buttler (WK) 6 Sam Billings 7 Moeen Ali 8 Sam Curran 9 Mark Wood 10 Adil Rashid 11 Reece Topley

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