Big picture: Can England get back to winning ways?
India vs England is one of the most anticipated matches of the 2023 ODI World Cup. After all, it’s the pre-tournament favorites (and the hosts) who take on the defending champions. But no one thought that England would be hanging on by the thinnest of threads when this game came around.
With just one win from five games, England are lurking near the bottom of the points table. If they’re going to reach the knockouts from here, every atom in this universe has to work for them – there are so many permutations that they have to work in their favor.
Form guide: India on a winning streak
India WWWWW (last five ODIs, most recent first)
In the spotlight: Mohammed Siraj and Jos Buttler
Team news: India is unlikely to change
India has the option of bringing in R Ashwin and playing three spinners. But that leaves them with just two seamers. So it is expected that they will play an unchanged XI.
India (possible): 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
With no left-handed batter in India’s top six, Moeen Ali’s offspin is of little value. So he is likely to sit down again, with Harry Brook replacing him. England could also bring in Gus Atkinson for Mark Wood.
England (possible): 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Jos Buttler (capt, wk), 6 Harry Brook, 7 Liam Livingstone, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 David Willey, 10 Gus Atkinson, 11 Adil Rashid
Pitch and condition: A red clay surface
The temperature in the afternoon is 31°C but should drop by five degrees at night. There is no rain forecast.
Stats and trivia: Kohli vs England
- Only two defending World Cup champions have failed to reach the knockouts: Australia in 1992 and Sri Lanka in 1999.
- Shreyas Iyer is 69 away from 2000 ODI runs. If he gets there on Sunday, he will be the second fastest Indian at the mark.
- If Buttler scores 82 runs on Sunday, he will become the joint second-fastest Englishman to 5000 ODI runs. In total, only six wicketkeeper-batters have scored 5000 or more runs in ODIs.
- England are the only team against Kohli to have played more than one ODI and averaged less than 50 (43.22).
- Shami dismissed Buttler five times in 60 balls, more than any bowler in ODIs.
- Jonny Bairstow averaged 13.25 against Ravindra Jadeja in ODIs, with four dismissals in six innings.
“Whoever got a chance, they contributed. I know nobody got big scores, hundreds didn’t get except Virat and Rohit. But that’s the challenge for other guys. Shubman scored fifty, Shreyas has scored a fifty, I am batting well. When Jadeja got a chance in the last match, he also finished the match. So, each player has a different role. And their role and responsibility is good. The team won , so we’re not worried at all. If anybody has the opportunity, I’m sure they’ll put their hands up.”
KL Rahul not worried about the lack of hundreds from the middle order
“We are desperate to come here and try and win back-to-back 50 in competitions. We are still very focused on all formats of the game.”
England assistant coach Marcus Trescothick plays on the idea that England has lost interest in ODIs
Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo