In the first ODI against India, England posted a fighting total of 268 runs but they were bowled out by the 6-wicket haul of Kuldeep Yadav. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes slammed decent fifties. The unbeaten 137 runs by Rohit Sharma and 75 runs by Virat Kohli guided India towards a memorable win.
On the other hand, the English Captain Eoin Morgan felt that they might have won the game if they scored 20-30 runs more and the English batsmen need to improve their fight against the spinners. Indians managed to chase the winning target with nearly 10 overs to spare.
In this context, the English captain Eoin Morgan said that “The shift from ground-to-ground will be important, but that doesn’t paper over the fact we need to get better at playing him,”
”When he does bowl well, he is very good and he exposes an area of our game we need to improve on, that is a healthy thing.
“It’s a chance to improve in this area, however long it takes, between now and the World Cup.
“He did bowl well, we need to clarify and commit to our plans and just be better.”
“You can be exposed more when you don’t put a score on the board at a small ground. That exposed another area of our game, simply not scoring enough runs.”
Kuldeep expressed delight about his five-wicket haul in T20s and then his performance in the first ODI. He said that “Luckily I got three wickets in two overs which changed the momentum. I’m enjoying English conditions at the moment,” he said.
“I didn’t try anything new. I stuck to the basics and stuck wicket-to-wicket. I’m hoping for the Test call and let’s see what happens in a couple of days when they announce the team.
“All six wickets are the best ones, the first was very important; we needed a breakthrough and got it.”
India will play England in the second test match tomorrow at the Lords.