Published: Sun, June 30, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Team India ‘ready to rumble’ in new jersey against England

Team India ‘ready to rumble’ in new jersey against England

They are No 2 now and threatening to join the also-rans. India Today TV is India's leading English News Channel.

England, on the other hand, need to win both their remaining games to advance to the knockout stage. India won't mind this too much either, given how their batting has gone in the last two matches.

"Look, that discussion is always going to go on because we've had such a strong top order that these guys have hardly had a chance to bat. There's still a lot on the line, and we're really looking forward to it". Archer had a side strain before the previous match and didn't bowl in the nets on Friday, although he took part in the fielding drills. And waiting in the wings is Liam Plunkett. "If it's short-term, then yes".

Morgan said opening batsman Jason Roy is "preparing to play tomorrow" after missing three games, two of which ended in defeats for England. 'We haven't adapted well enough. "It's a matter of us being better at adapting to conditions", the skipper said.

The vibe on Saturday at Edgbaston was that the pitch - a fresh one - for the India match would be batsmen-friendly, which at least put a spring in the captain's step. "Where we've let ourselves down as a group is adapting to conditions", he said. "We tend to play in high-scoring games". "They gave us a boost in confidence".

Almost 55 per cent of tickets for England clash with India at Edgbaston have been snapped up by supporters identifying as India fans, compared to just 42 per cent by England supporters, that means around 13,500 of those at the 24,500-capacity ground will be backing the visitors, compared to about 10,300 rooting for England. The fact that this followed a run of 18 wins and a tie batting second in home ODIs sums up their state of mind.

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Kohli didn't want to be drawn into commenting on the war of words between England opener Jonny Bairstow and former captain Michael Vaughan that has developed ahead of Sunday's game. I have never seen him fitter, more hungry and he is getting wickets.

The 30-year-old, however, seems immune to pressure that comes with his twin roles as could be gauged from his nerveless half-centuries in each of India's last four matches which includes a narrow escape against Afghanistan.

"I would say that's a lie if I say I'm not under pressure", said Kohli on the eve of the match at Edgbaston.

"That was a bit of a turning point for me", Beaumont said. "Maybe it was just decision-making". I don't know what the players are feeling inside.

Their bowling attack may be peerless but the batting has questions to answer. Mohammed Shami, who took a hat trick against Afghanistan in a surprisingly close game and a four-wicket haul against West Indies, could prove a selection quandary for India when Bhuvneshwar Kumar is fully fit.

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