India seeks to mainstream T20 model in ODIs



PTI, Jul 11, 2022, 3:17 PM IST

London: India won’t go ballistic from the first ball, but the batters are set to continue their fearless approach to the shorter ODI format when the three-game series against England begins here on Tuesday.

India’s high-risk play helped them win the series against England and considering ODIs have become an extension of the shorter format, skipper Rohit Sharma sees no reason for his side to give up on this approach.

England redefined the way ODI cricket was played and their dominating run culminated in the World Cup trophy in 2019. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that India’s new take on more formats courts is inspired by the English model.

The three matches will be the only over-50 contests India will take part in ahead of the T20 World Cup, but Rohit claimed they still matter a lot.

“All matches are important for us. We cannot play thinking that ODIs are not a priority, but we have to keep in mind the workload of each player. We will make changes but our ultimate goal is to win games. We won’t give up on that thought process,” Rohit said on Sunday after the third T20 in Nottingham.

“For us, the goal is to understand white ball cricket, how to play, new players are playing. 50 over is an extension of T20. Maybe you take less risk in ODIs compared to T20 cricket, but you have to take it. The team will have an optional training session at The Oval with a quick turnaround between the T20 and ODI series.

For someone like Shikhar Dhawan, who only plays one format and will captain the West Indies team, it will be a challenge to face the English attack from the start.

However, the southpaw has found ways to stay consistent whether he’s playing ODIs for India or the IPL. More than a billion people expected Virat Kohli to be fit in the T20s, but it didn’t happen.

Adhering to the team’s new approach, he had to go hard from the first ball, but the ODI series will give him much more time to get back to his best. He showed glimpses of his rare brilliance on Sunday and will be hoping to find a full bag of runs in all three games.

India’s conscious effort to play aggressively won’t always be good, but the team’s management are willing to live with that. Rohit also talked about the biggest takeaways from winning the T20 Series.

“The biggest takeaway was the approach of each individual who played this series. How they savored the moment in the middle, seized the opportunity, the opposition, took that extra risk.

“Mindset is something we try to change and I guess that’s the biggest takeaway from all players. They’re willing to do it, they’re willing to take that risk. And when I go and talk to certain individuals or players and hear the same kind of response from them, that’s the most important thing.

“Obviously by doing that the results will go here and there. We are looking at the big picture and to get there we will make mistakes,” he said.

The ODI series will be Buttler’s first since taking over as white ball skipper from Eoin Morgan. After the T20 disappointment, the hosts will be eager to bounce back strong.

Buttler himself will be looking to make the big scores he is known for so far, having failed in the T20s.

England will be bolstered by the return of their star players Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, the hero of the hosts’ Birmingham Test victory.

Despite Root not playing T20s, Stokes and Bairstow were rested after the historic triumph in the rescheduled fifth Test.

ODI Squads:

England: Jos Buttler (C), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey.

India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, J Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Shami , Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.

The match starts at 5:30 PM IST.

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