Winning the T20I series, Team India has just reiterated the fact that they are currently the best team in the limited overs format and also an all conditions limited overs team.
The three-match ODI series between England and India starts today at Trent Bridge. VVS Laxman in his column for TOI has typified the importance of the two Indian wrist spinners in the series.
"Team India came through another test of character with flying colours by clinching the T20 series against England with a convincing win in the decider. It was India's eighth victory in a three-match T20 series, reiterating the confidence within the group, especially when it comes to crunch games."
Indian wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will once again be the key. Kuldeep has claimed 20 wickets in his last eight ODIs while Chahal scalped 24 wickets in his last ten outings.
"England started brilliantly against an inexperienced pace attack with Bhuvi also missing through back spasms. I was a little surprised to see Kuldeep left out only one game after his match-winning performance in Manchester, but I am sure he and Yuzvendra Chahal will have a big role to play in the ODI series. England looked on course for 225 after reaching 100 in the 10th over, but the Indian bowlers came back superbly," Laxman added.
"Next up is the 50-over showdown, and I expect another cracking set of contests. England are the No. 1 team, a far more dangerous proposition in the one-day game, and they will be encouraged that India's pace attack is a little weakened with Bumrah out injured and Bhuvi an uncertain starter. India's batting looks in good health and barring the unforeseen, I don't anticipate too many changes. There is plenty of class and experience, and several batsmen haven't had much to do in the five T20s on tour so far," Laxman signed off.
(With TOI inputs)