New Delhi: Team India will eye to serve a revenge platter on an Indian saucer when they will take on the formidable England side in their first ODI clash in Hyderabad on Friday.

It’s time for Dhoni and Company to redeem the humiliating England Summer. 4-0 sweep in Tests, 3-0 drubbing in ODIs, and loss in one-off T20 —this was the stats of the embarrassing tour of England for Team India. England didn’t forgive the World Champions and drubbed them brutally.

Team India has a great chance to settle their scores after failing to secure a single victory in the England tour.

Not only they lost the ODI and Test series, also they were dethroned from the top spot of the ICC Test ranking by Englishmen.

As England will be missing the services of the main ammunitions that ensured India’s debacle, Dhoni and his men has a great chance to bury the ghosts on the Indian soil.

This will be the first series where the new ICC rule of using separate new balls from both ends will be implemented along with changed Powerplay rules.

On paper and based on current form, the world number one Test team England are certainly favourites but in home conditions, Indians have always been terrifying opponents. The stats shows India have been a dominating side in their backyard.

In the absence of senior players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and the young Indian guns will be taking the charge.

While youngster Ajinkya Rahane, who impressed with his devastating batting will be seen in action, rookie leggie Rahul Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, seamer Sreenath Aravind and Varun Aaron will be hoping to get a chance at some point in the series to prove their mettle.

With the likes of speedstars Aravind and Aaron who have the ability to rattle batsmen, India will have an additional advantage at home.

The series is going to be an acid test for skipper Dhoni who would be under immense pressure against England.

While Praveen, Umesh and Ashwin look to have booked the three bowling slots, it will be tussle between R Vinay Kumar and Rahul Sharma for the fourth bowler's slot in the playing XI.

Pacer Vinay Kumar with his variations and swings can prove to be an ideal bowler at the death. The IPL rocker Rahul can prove to be a restrictive option during middle overs.

India's top order is settled with Gautam Gambhir back at the top and is likely to be partnered by Parthiv Patel.

Ajinkya Rahane may get a chance to bat at his preferred slot while Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and skipper himself complete the top-six.

Ravindra Jadeja, after his impressive show in England, will be the bowling all-rounder at No 7.

Head to Head:

In India:

Matches: 35

India won: 21

England won: 13

Tied: 1

Overall:

Matches: 76

India: 38

England: 33

Tied: 2

No result: 3

Teams (from):


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, S Aravind, Rahul Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Praveen Kumar.

England: Alastair Cook (Captain), Craig Kieswetter, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Jonathan Bairstow, Graeme Swann, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn, Stuart Meaker, Chris Woakes, Scott Borthwick, Jose Buttler, Alex Hales.

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