India take on England in the first ODI of the three-match bilateral series in Pune. India would play their first game after MS Dhoni stepped down as limited overs captain and passed on the baton to Virat Kohli. Looking at the squad, the playing XI for India for the first match can be.
1) Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan would be Virat Kohli’s first choice as far as opening the innings is concerned.
2) KL Rahul
Fitting in every format and producing some decent performances, KL Rahul’s place as the second opener is quite fixed ath the moment.
3) Virat Kohli
Skipper Virat Kohli has had a time and form of his life at this position. There’s no better option than the captain himself to play at number 3.
4) MS Dhoni
As Virat Kohli quoted that MS Dhoni would now be able to play his natural game. A ferocious innings in the first warm-up match was an instance of this very statement and a lot can be explored if Dhoni plays up the order.
5) Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh showed that he still persists the mettle in the first warm up clash. Number 5 is the most appropriate position for the left hand batsman.
6) AJinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane though fits in every spot but him playing at number 6 would turn out fruitful for the team if they are struck in some critical situation.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya’s stroke making skills and his bowling ability finds him a place at number seven.
8) R Ashwin
The spin spearhead of Indian side makes it to India XI at 8th spot.
9) R Jadeja
Jadeja’s wicket-taking ability and his batting skills are the icing on the cake for any side. Jadeja totally fits in at number 9.
10) Umesh Yadav
The pace bowling attack would be led by Umesh Yadav.
11) Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah has become a sensation as far as fast bowling and toe-crushing yorkers have to do the talking. He would be the last man of our playing XI.
1) Jason Roy
2) Alex Hales
3) Joe Root
4) Eoin Morgan
5) Jos Buttler
6) Sam Billings
7) Moeen Ali
8) Ben Stokes
9) Jake Ball
10) Adil Rashid
11) David Willey