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Battles England T20I and ODI Teams Must Win to Beat India

India's Virat Kohli
India's Virat Kohli

The Test series between these two great cricketing nations is already up and running, but whatever happens in the long form of the game often has little bearing on what occurs in limited over versions.

In this article we look at the things that the England T20I and ODI teams must do if they are to stand a chance of claiming series wins to savour in India.

Getting on Top of Kohli is Key

When you are Virat Kohli you can pretty much get away with anything in the eyes of Indian cricket fans, but even he managed to test their patience during the team’s tour of Australia, dashing back home to leave his test charges exposed to the Aussie seamers.

However, with the team adapting in his absence and pulling off one of the most famous victories in their history, all is now forgiven, and Kohli will be out to prove a point when England tour his backyard throughout the months of February and March.

The extra motivation provided by his recent doubters could make one of the best players in the world a complete nightmare to deal with for the English, especially in the limited-overs form of the game that is a highlight on sporting calendars. So, why not take a look, because Kohli has taken on the mantle of MS Dhoni when it comes to pulling off audacious run chases and bold attacking shots, which make him one of the most fun batsmen in the world to behold.

Although there have been accusations of some international teams going easy on Kohli during matches, in an attempt to land lucrative IPL contracts, England will have to abandon any such thoughts and do everything they can to dry runs up at his end, in order to put pressure on the record-breaking batsman.

Short Form Specialists Can Learn from Root’s Approach to Spin

So often in India, England batsmen come a cropper against the spin maestros in the Indian bowling attack.

While in Test cricket batsmen can afford to be patient and wait for the occasional bad ball to dispatch to the boundary, the same cannot be done in ODI or T20, where the pressure to score quickly mounts with every dot ball that passes.

The likes of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will always have one gear when it comes to attacking the spinners, but other top order batsmen would be well advised to take a leaf out of Joe Root’s book.

During the first test against India, he showed exactly how to subdue the Indian spin attack, mastering the sweep, but also mixing in well placed shots that rotated the strike as well as keeping his feet as active as possible at the crease.

Jasprit Bumrah is India’s Joker Card

Any bowler who can get the ball to reverse swing at over 140kmph has fans and players alike sitting up and taking notice, and Jasprit Bumrah has been a case in point.

This has been even more the case because of his highly unorthodox action, which has been compared in some parts of the press to that of the great Lasith Malinga, who of course was a nightmare to play in limited overs cricket.

The signs are that Bumrah is already beginning to come of age, even if he and his fellow bowlers are struggling with not being able to shine the ball as they would usually like. To come out on top in games, England will have to find ways to score at the death against Bumrah.

Managing Pace Bowlers is a Necessity

England’s management team have often been blamed for not doing enough to protect their up-and-coming pacemen, with injuries too often striking them down.

Bowlers like Jofra Archer and Mark Wood will be vital for England in the ODIs and T20Is, as both men are able to extract pace and bounce out of even the most sedate of pitches. England need to use both men wisely and not run them into the ground with still half the tour remaining.

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