India will have to abandon its outdated approach and play more freely to bounce back against the fearsome hosts England in the second women’s ODI here on Wednesday.
India swallowed 181 balls along the way to post below 201, which England chased quite comfortably to take a 1-0 lead in a three-match streak on Sunday.
Ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand early next year, India has jobs in all departments, as the skipper said Mitali Raj myself.
The game could see India make numerous changes to the eleven players, as the killers’ inability to strike turned out to be a big problem for the team.
Former India captain Diana Edulji said the midfield has too many “anchors”, meaning Punam Raut can make way for Jemima Rodriguez at number three.
“You can’t afford to play 180-point balls in modern cricket. That needs to change. The adults need to get stronger and if they can’t, then the youngsters need to get the opportunities before the World Cup,” Edulji told PTI, citing of the trio Mithali, Punam and Harmanpreet Kaur.
“If you keep losing to the seniors, then you have to test the younger players who have shown in the one-off test what they are capable of.”
India have passed just 250 times since the 2017 World Cup, something the team has to do constantly to compete with similar ones to England and Australia.
Although Mitali scored 72, its strike rate needs to be drastically improved and the T20 captain Harmanpreet is desperately looking for some consistency.
“Harman is not due to a big result, it is overdue,” Edulji said.
India came in with only one spinning specialist Ekta Bisht in Bristol in addition to three pacers.
Pacer Shikha Pandey, who returned with a tour of the United Kingdom, seems far from disturbing the English bullies and may drop out for the second ODI. Mitali can enter Arundati Reddy in its place or take another spinning specialist.
Sneh Rana, who did brilliantly with both the bat and the ball in her debut test, may be the second multi-level spin Deepti Sharma.
“I would like the team to stick to its strength, which is spin bowling. Two spinners have to play,” Edulji added.
India only needs to seek inspiration from its opponents. England played an almost perfect game of ODI cricket to beat an OTC team.
India: Mitali Raj (captain), Die Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, HarmanpreeKaur (vc), Deepti Sharma, Tania Bhatia (week), Sneh Rana, Julan Goswami, Shikha Pandei, Jemima Rodriguez, Arundati Reddy, Puja Vastrakar, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Indrani Roy (week).
England: Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Nat Saver, Sofia Dunkley, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Anya Schrebsol, Catherine Brant, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones (week), Freya Davis, Tash Farant, Sarah Gray Williers, Fran Wilson, Sarah Glenn, Emily Arlot, Tash Farant.
The match starts at 6.30 IST.