On a high after an impressive Twenty20 series win, an upbeat India will eye another dominant performance against hosts England in a three-match ODI series, which can be termed as a "dry run" ahead of the World Cup next year. The Brits' are the number one ranked ODI team while the Men in Blue are second. Add Ben Stokes to it and England bear a formidable look. They won (ODI series) last time they came over here.
The possibility of a change at the top though is not the only matter of interest in upcoming matches since seven of the 10 teams playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be on view during this period until August 12.
India can reclaim the top spot in the International Cricket Council ODI rankings if it blanks England 3-0 in the three-match series beginning on July 12. If the team management thinks of playing an extra pacer, Siddarth Kaul or Shardul Thakur might come into play. The match will be played at the same ground where England scripted a world record in ODI history after putting 481/6 on board against Australia recently.
"There is a lot of depth in the batting order and in the bowling department, Kuldeep and Chahal have been picking up a lot of wickets in the middle overs and once Bhuvneshwar Kumar is fully fit, we all know what he can do with the ball", he said.
Post the Champions Trophy, starting from June 2017, India have played 27 ODIs against West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, both at home and away and at least one wrist spinner has featured in all these games. Kuldeep has claimed 20 wickets in his last eight ODIs while Chahal scalped 24 wickets in his last ten outings. "I'm expecting nothing else but a high scoring series as well".
On 11 occasions, they have crossed 350 and have surpassed the 400-mark thrice.