India primed to do well on remainder of UK tour

Saurabh Gandle Roar Guru

By Saurabh Gandle, Saurabh Gandle is a Roar Guru

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    India edged out England to win their T20 series 2-1, thanks to some jaw-dropping displays from batsmen and Kuldeep Yadav bamboozling efforts in the first match.

    With the start of ODIs tomorrow and Test series on August 1, India doesn’t face the stern test they would have anticipated at the beginning of the season, when the ball would swing and seam around.

    Also, England is experiencing one of the hottest summers in years, with temperature rising above 30 degrees Celsius, making conditions similar to those on the subcontinent. As such, the challenge of adapting to conditions is out of the equation.

    In 2013, when India won the Champions Trophy, the pitches aided the spinners, and Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja wreaked havoc. This time around, India has deadly wrist-spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Yadav bringing the x-factor in the middle overs – and England are not traditionally good players of wrist spin.

    India has become a powerhouse in ODI cricket, and their recent run of victories in South Africa must have given them truckloads of confidence and momentum.

    The conditions also mean limiting the effectiveness of English pacers, especially for the Tests which will be played in August given the wear and tear on the pitch. And this brings into play the Indian spinners, who are much more suited to bowling on the spin-friendly surfaces than their English counterparts.

    Even Yadav, if picked, will be a potent option given his wrong’un has made life difficult for batsmen in his short career.

    The five-match series will test Indian fitness, mental strength, and perseverance. If the touring fast bowlers stay fit and the batsmen put up decent scores, they will leave UK shores on a high.

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    • July 13th 2018 @ 3:21am
      Rats said | July 13th 2018 @ 3:21am | ! Report

      bang on.. India cruising in first ODI. Kuldeep picks 6 wickets.

      Do you think Raina deserves a place in that Indian middle order? ahead or Iyer, Pandey? May be they wanted a left hander to bat in the middle order? without Raina, Dhawan is the only left handed batsman in the team.

    • July 13th 2018 @ 8:24am
      Paul said | July 13th 2018 @ 8:24am | ! Report

      Kudos to India and how well they played but, the one-dimensional nature of the England side was really exposed in game 1. They MUST make at least 350 to beat sides because they don’t have the bowlers to get other teams out. Root is not in great form and I kept waiting for Stokes to accelerate the scoring, but that didn’t happen.

      Kuldeep Yadav bowled well, no argument, but I wonder how he’d go in the grind of Test cricket. given the amount of short form cricket he plays? I’m also wondering where this leaves the Indian attack, which looked pedestrian until he and Chahal came into the game? Pandik is a very ordinary first change bowler and the two openers went for 130 runs.

      India is playing some great cricket but it remains to be seen what happens if they’re put under pressure. The top order is going really well, but this means the other guys down the list aren’t getting a hit.

      • July 13th 2018 @ 10:11am
        JayG said | July 13th 2018 @ 10:11am | ! Report

        Paul, while Kuldeep and Chahal are India’s 1st choice spinners for ODIs, their 1st choice fast bowlers Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar did not play last game due to injury. While the bench strength for fast bowlers is not that promising, I think their 1st choice attack is good.

        • July 13th 2018 @ 11:58am
          Paul said | July 13th 2018 @ 11:58am | ! Report

          fair enough, but it was interesting listening to Harbajhan Singh who was saying the Indians were trying to get a wicket with their quicks. On that pitch, that tactic might work, but if this is something they’re going to do on a regular basis, they might get into trouble.

      • July 18th 2018 @ 9:43am
        JimmyB said | July 18th 2018 @ 9:43am | ! Report

        You were saying.

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          July 18th 2018 @ 7:04pm
          Saurabh Gandle said | July 18th 2018 @ 7:04pm | ! Report


          India won the T-20 series and the first match.Does losing 1-2 match sums up entire tour for you? Tests are still remaining.

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      July 13th 2018 @ 2:34pm
      savage said | July 13th 2018 @ 2:34pm | ! Report

      India were slightly lucky as hales didn’t play in his home ground.

      last 2 matches on this ground,Hales scored 100s and England scored 444 & 481.

      • Roar Guru

        July 13th 2018 @ 6:58pm
        Saurabh Gandle said | July 13th 2018 @ 6:58pm | ! Report

        could hales singlehandedly won the match for his team? Big no. In both the ODIs he had support from his teammates and as a reason, Eng were able to make such a big score.

        • July 13th 2018 @ 9:52pm
          Paul said | July 13th 2018 @ 9:52pm | ! Report

          This is a strange reply. It doesn’t matter whether your names Bradman or Hales, you can’t make a score without support from your team mates. Would Kuldeep have been able to take 6 wickets singlehandedly? A big NO.

          The point savage was making was quite valid. If Hales played and batted as he’d done in his two previous innings, India would have been chasing at least 350, which is a very different proposition than chasing 270.

          • Roar Guru

            July 13th 2018 @ 11:04pm
            Saurabh Gandle said | July 13th 2018 @ 11:04pm | ! Report

            When rest of his teammates stumbled to wrong’un of Kuldeep, what Hales alone could have done? And that assuming if he played Kuldeep well, which can’t be said with any surety. Kuldeep singlehandedly destroyed English lineup yesterday. After 10 overs Eng was cruising, but his spell turned it around. Other bowlers cashed in by keeping it tight to an extent. But Kuldeep singlehandedly destroyed the spine of English lineup. Not sure what Hales could have done. Those centuries he got were against a much weaker team, unlike India.

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            July 13th 2018 @ 11:31pm
            savage said | July 13th 2018 @ 11:31pm | ! Report

            I should’ve explained it better.Both Indian and England team are missing just 1 or 2 players.

            1)Hales has a great record in his home ground as I wrote earlier.

            2)Nowadays,confidence plays an important role while playing spin in Limited overs cricket.

            Kuldeep in his last T20 match(2nd T20 vs England) had a bad day and India lost that match.The main reason for his poor outing was Alex hales who dominated him in that match.

            Kuldeep 6-25 was the only reason why India won the last ODI match so comprehensively.

            From Kuldeep’s perspective,I think he would’ve been very happy and confident that hales was not playing especially on his home ground.

            3)Hales didn’t play 1st ODI because he was injured.Even if he was fit,I think there was 90% chance of Hales being dropped for that ODI.Main reason being England already dropped Root in last T20 match against India.The sudden dropping from both T20s and ODIs wouldn’t have done the confidence of England’s Test captain any good.

            • Roar Rookie

              July 13th 2018 @ 11:45pm
              savage said | July 13th 2018 @ 11:45pm | ! Report

              Forgot to add,Kuldeep’s 6-25 spell was one of the best ODI bowling performance i’ve seen in a long time.

            • Roar Guru

              July 14th 2018 @ 3:00am
              Saurabh Gandle said | July 14th 2018 @ 3:00am | ! Report

              Hales anyways would not have made it in playing 11. Even if he played and got hundred what’s the use if he didn’t get support from his teammates and end ups getting 270-280. Even Bairstow hit two towering sixes against Kuldeep in second T-20 and looked comfortable. What did he do yesterday? I don’t think Hales would have made a massive difference unless everybody chipped in with useful contribution and that assuming Hales doesn’t get bowled to the inswinger of Umesh Yadav. And to expect HALES to get a hundred when a class player like Joe Root struggles against the quality bowling is unfair.

              Agreed India won because of Kuldeep spell. But win goes into India’s column not just Yadav’s.

              • Roar Rookie

                July 14th 2018 @ 4:43am
                savage said | July 14th 2018 @ 4:43am | ! Report

                I don’t disagree Saurabh

                Tbh I still don’t find anything wrong in my statement of India being “slightly lucky” due to Hales missing out.

                In others words(We could also interpret),Hales was more likely of doing well in that “particular” ground than some of the other England batsmen.IMHO Apart from Buttler,I think hales had most chances of succeeding in that match(Root is struggling with form) and I’ve already given my reasons.

                Nonetheless,That “slightly lucky”post wasn’t meant to be taken that seriously and he wasn’t the only player who didn’t play that game(woakes,bumrah and kumar also didn’t play).

                Now,It doesn’t really matter whether hales or others would’ve done well or not in that match.What actually matter is that India won that match comfortably.

    • July 14th 2018 @ 2:26am
      Mnt said | July 14th 2018 @ 2:26am | ! Report

      Ben Stokes , Inform johny bairstow , & best limited overs english batsman Butler & best english batsman root could not play kuldeep in 1st ODI.
      Ordinary hales is not a good player of spin. Hales isn’t able to play kuldeep’s superior Chinaman bowling.
      I think only Indians can play this type of bowling.

    • July 14th 2018 @ 3:56am
      Rats said | July 14th 2018 @ 3:56am | ! Report

      For second ODI, I would be tempted to pick Axar patel over Chahal. And for final odi, patel and Kuldeep should play.
      This is the time for experimenting. If Kohli really means what he says..
      It would do lots of good to Axar Patel’s confidence..

    • July 19th 2018 @ 5:07am
      Kopa Shamsu said | July 19th 2018 @ 5:07am | ! Report

      I heavily doubt that. India will probably manage a draw.
      Saying that,i was disappointed with england’s team of ODI and T20.
      It could be a great chance to test out some exciting talent like Curran,Overton before WC.

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