England defeats a blessing in disguise

Saurabh Gandle Roar Pro

By Saurabh Gandle, Saurabh Gandle is a Roar Pro


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    England has been on the wrong side as far as a result goes in the short form matches. But Eoin Morgan rightly pointed out how stumbling to one of the rarest bowlers in Kuldeep Yadav doesn’t change the dynamics much for them.

    India is probably the only side that has made England work for the runs on the home turf after winning ten bilateral series home and away.

    The signs should not be alarming for England as the skipper pointed out the defeat exposes the areas England need to improve – wrist spin – between now and start of World Cup 2019.

    They have 300 days to that facets of the game. From here on until next World Cup, they tour Sri Lanka, West Indies where they will be up against a lot of spin bowling.

    And that will be a good workout for them. In fact, the more they play Kuldeep and Chahal in coming days the better the core of the batting will be equipped to face the two wrist spinners when the World Cup comes next year.

    And it’s likely Kuldeep is in Test squad and plays as well. While India could win the battle for now but the workout England get and with the technologies available England could work a plan going into the next World Cup.

    In fact, the onus will be on Kuldeep to keep on working on his wrong’ un.

    England does need to have a plan against Kuldeep, as one of the semi-finals will be at Manchester where Kuldeep wreaked havoc in the first T-20. Should they happen to face India they would need to execute all plans and strategies.

    England showed massive improvement from Manchester to Cardiff where they would go on to win in the second T-20 through sheer attack.

    If England does reach the finals at Lord’s – and in all likelihood they would – they will face India. The conditions will be similar Cardiff, where they excelled.

    The fast bowling of India hasn’t bothered the Three Lions much until now and shouldn’t be much going into next year.

    So while India are the red-hot team now, the tide could change entirely in a year or so.

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    • July 14th 2018 @ 11:42am
      Tanmoy Kar said | July 14th 2018 @ 11:42am | ! Report

      India is going to play the 2nd. ODI today at Lord’s. The result of today’s match will indicate what is going to happen if both India and England reach the Final of the World Cup 2019.

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        July 15th 2018 @ 8:28am
        Saurabh Gandle said | July 15th 2018 @ 8:28am | ! Report

        Hi Tanmoy ,

        Is that what you expect from India next year on same day?

        • July 15th 2018 @ 6:24pm
          Tanmoy Kar said | July 15th 2018 @ 6:24pm | ! Report

          Not exactly, India played very poorly yesterday, both in bowling and batting. India needed a 6th. bowling option, Raina is not the solution, probably Krunal Pandya would be the best suitable person. A team should not depend on only one bowler (Kuldeep) and two batsmen (Rohit and Virat) to win any match.

    • July 16th 2018 @ 11:31pm
      Rats said | July 16th 2018 @ 11:31pm | ! Report

      I think I would expect a similar batting chasing performance from India in the finals..
      The middle order problems were clearly exposed.. used to be a great fan of Raina during his peak days. His contributions were amazing as a player. But now, he clearly looks he can’t withstand international pressure.

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        July 17th 2018 @ 12:23am
        Saurabh Gandle said | July 17th 2018 @ 12:23am | ! Report


        This was Raina’s first match in 3 years in an ODI. 46 runs off 63 balls is a decent performance for a comeback. He will keep getting better the more he plays.Certainly the hunger has not reduced.

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