Tuesday, September 6, 2011

India vs England 2nd ODI: Injury-hit Team India eyes on 1st victory

An injury-ridden Team India will play England in the 2nd ODI here at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday.

Team India has been facing fitness crisis and seeking first victory of the English tour after the 1st ODI was called off due to heavy rain at Chester-le-Street.

The World Champion team was very close to win the 1st ODI when rain came in rescue for struggling English team.

However, just ahead of the 1st ODI, visitors suffered severe jolt in form of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who was rested due to toe injury. But on Monday, Tendulkar was ruled out of remainder of the series.

After Tendulkar’s ouster, India has faced real crisis to choose a perfect XI against England in the 2nd ODI.

However, S Badrinath and Manoj Tiwari have been named as the replacement of Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma respectively. But duo will not be able to join the team before third or fourth ODI.

Indian opener Parthiv Patel and new Ajinkya Rahane’s good form is the only relief for Team India. It is expected that Ravindra Jadeja may get place in the final XI. Jadeja may prove handy for struggling India as he is a good lower order batsman and part-time bowler. Jadeja is also considered as an electric fielder.

At present, India has just few experienced batsmen, including Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, and skipper MS Dhoni.

In such condition, skipper MS Dhoni’s leadership can’t be blamed as he is missing services of several senior players.
However, it will be a good opportunity for the young players to impress the selectors with their performance.
At Rose Bowl, England’s record is very impressive. England has played six ODIs at this venue and won four games while lost two. India has played two ODIs here. India’s winning percentage here is 50-50 (1W-1L). 

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