India vs England 1st odi Preview
The news of Dhoni stepping down as a captain has gone viral. It has been the major talking point ahead of the upcoming ODI Series. The news has came as a shock to many, there have been differences in opinion in regards to his decision. Many have admired and commended it. Whereas, other have criticised that it should have materialised couple of years back. Whether you are with or in contradiction of his decision. One thing goes without dispute; he is India’s most successful captain. A leader, which inspired India to the world cup in 2011. Where he famously scored the six to register India’s 2nd world cup in the most dramatic fashion.
England look to bounce back
England must have been disappointed after a disastrous test series, where they suffered 4 defeats. However, they will look to bounce back and gain credibility in the shorter format. This series will come to England’s delight, as this arguably is their most successful format. With their batting depth and the all-rounder firepower they have in the rank. They can give any team a run for their money. They have 2 of the most destructive openers roaming around the game right now. Jason Roy and Alex Hales, both have featured in the Big Bash League recently. Where they have enjoyed great successfully. It goes without saying, this ODI series will be much more challenging compared to the test series. As England are a different animal when it comes to the shorter format.
Yuvraj recalled to the squad
From an Indian perspective, they will be confident ahead of the series. With their batsmen and bowlers in great form after their marvellous performances in test series. They will look to replicate the same performance. Their batting has will be aided by the recall of Yuvraj Singh, a veteran all-rounder. This most likely will be his last chance to cement a place before his age gets the better of him.
Will Dhoni roll back the clock?
This series may roll you back the years, the time when Yuvraj Singh and Ms Dhoni took the cricketing world by storm with their aggressive batting. Dhoni who no longer has the burden of captaincy, will most likely go up the order. This is how he initially started his cricketing career. In fact, he opened for India numerous times, until they struck the right chord. His finishing ability was realized and the position has been safely occupied ever since. The question that will go through every cricket fans mind will be, the uncertainty of his future.
Tough series ahead
With his retirement in Test Cricket coming so unexpectedly, as did his recent stepping down as a captain. It will be interesting to see, when he calls it quits all together. One thing every cricket fans will eager to witness is the partnership of Yuvi and Mahi. This will be a fascinating prospect ahead of the series. This series is most likely to be tight, although India do start as the favorites playing home and in magnificent form. But they cannot afford to be complacent, as England will most likely capitalize in their sloppiness.