England ODI skipper, Eoin Morgan was disappointed after they face a humiliating loss against India by 8 wickets in the first ODI at Trent Bridge. He believes they will need to improve their playing skills against India if they have to win against the number 2 ODI side.
“I probably wouldn’t go that far (to call it a drubbing). You can get exposed more when you don’t put a score on the board on a small ground where the wicket is good. That exposed another area of our game by not scoring enough runs,” Morgan said.
The 31-year old captain was all in praise of Kuldeep Yadav and even felt his batsmen need to play Yadav better in the upcoming games. “He is very good and there is no getting around that. He exposes an area of our game that we need to improve on and I think that is a good thing and a healthy thing.
“We have played great cricket for the last six months and not come up against anybody like this so it is a chance to improve on this area however long it might take between now and the World Cup,” said Morgan.
“Considering there is only one left-arm chinaman bowler in the world, it is not a huge concern. You play against one team and he happens to be very good, he is not any old left arm Chinaman.
“You have to give credit where it is due, he did bowl well and we need to clarify our plans and commit to them and just be better.”
Now as England is 1-0 behind in the three-match series, they will have to win all their remaining two matches to remain at the number 1 ODI spot.
“Today, like at Old Trafford, he turned it more than any other spinner in the game and similar to Cardiff and the way we adapted between the two games, conditions change and I think Lord’s will be similar to Cardiff in that regard so the shift will be important, but that doesn’t paper over the fact that we need to get better at playing him.”
“Considering the form we’ve had has been pretty good home and away, it builds confidence against different oppositions in different conditions.
“Finding yourself coming up against something that is rare, it is like facing a right-arm leg-spinner who is very good, you don’t come against many of them but when you do, you need to adapt and think on your feet, so it is always a good challenge.”
(Inputs from Hindustan Times)