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Wisden’s India v England team of the ODI series

by Wisden Staff 4 minute read

Following India’s 2-1 ODI series win over England, we’ve picked out a combined XI based on performances across the three matches.

The encounter was a high-scoring one, with India twice defending big scores and England cruising to victory once.

A heroic 95* from Sam Curran ensured the final ODI was a thriller, but India just held their nerve. It’s right, therefore, that India players dominate this team, with just three of the XI English.


Jonny Bairstow

3 matches, 219 runs @ 73

Another series that underlined Bairstow’s status as one of the best ODI batsmen in the world. After falling six runs short of a century in the first ODI, he went even bigger in the second, smashing 124 off just 112 balls. He was named Player of the Series.

Shikhar Dhawan

3 matches, 169 runs @ 56.33

After playing just one T20I in the five-match series that preceded the ODIs, Dhawan looked the part in his best format, opening the series with a knock of 98 and closing it with a boundary-laden 56-ball 67 that got India out of the blocks quickly in the decider.

Virat Kohli

3 matches, 129 runs @ 43

A below-par series by his incredibly high standards, yet Kohli still contributed a pair of immaculate half-centuries.

Ben Stokes

3 matches, 135 runs @ 45 | 4 wickets @ 30.25

Promoted to No.3 in the absence of Joe Root, Stokes provided an exhilarating exhibition of ball-striking in the second ODI, moving from 50 to 99 in the space of just 11 balls. He fell short of three figures but was key in helping England reach a difficult target with relative ease. He was one of England’s leading lights with the ball, too.

KL Rahul

3 matches, 177 runs @ 88.50

After struggling for any sort of form in the T20Is, Rahul bounced back very impressively in the ODI series and was the only Indian to reach three figures. His half-century in the first ODI was also key in rescuing the hosts after a minor middle-order collapse.

Rishabh Pant (wk)

2 matches, 155 runs @ 77.50

India’s man of the moment came into the side after Shreyas Iyer’s injury and was simply sublime. Two half-centuries in two innings were struck at a rapid rate: he finished the series with an extraordinary strike rate of 151.96, and twice bettered his career-best score in the format.

Hardik Pandya

3 matches, 100 runs @ 33.33 | 0 wickets, 48 runs conceded

Pandya’s finishing qualities were on show in the last two matches of the series with knocks of 35 (17 balls) and 64 (44). While he dropped two chances in the field in the decider, he delivered when entrusted with the penultimate over of the match, conceding just five runs as two catches were dropped off his own bowling.

Sam Curran

3 matches, 2 wickets @ 69 | 107 runs @ 107

Curran finds a place in this side thanks largely one innings with the bat after failing to make a huge impression with the ball. With England looking down and out in the final match of the series, the all-rounder brilliantly hauled the visitors back into the contest with a career-best 95 not out, equalling the record for the highest score by a No.8 batsman in ODI cricket.

Shardul Thakur

3 matches, 7 wickets @ 22.57 | 30 runs @ 30

Thakur became the man to turn to when India desperately needed a breakthrough, and he followed up a key three-for in the first ODI with four in the third. His quickfire 30 in the final ODI was also important in boosting India’s total.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

3 matches, 6 wickets @ 22.50

Kohli’s shout for Player of the Series, Bhuvneshwar was the most skilled bowler on show, taking six wickets in the series but also going at just 4.65 runs an over. Alongside a fine T20I series, Bhuvneshwar has made an excellent return to international cricket.

Prasidh Krishna

3 matches, 6 wickets @ 29

While expensive in his first international series, Krishna was still among the wickets and particularly impactful on debut. After being taken to the cleaners in his new-ball spell, he took the key wickets of Jason Roy and Stokes before removing Sam Billings to halt a potential middle-order resurgence. His final return of 4-54 was the best by an Indian bowler on their men’s ODI debut.

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