India captain MS Dhoni believes his players have to put the “tough” 3-1 Investec Test series defeat against England behind them and play positive cricket in the first Royal London one-day international at Bristol.  There were many jibes on social media taken on Team India after the first match in Bristol was washed away without a ball being bowled due to incessant rain.

The keyboard wizards went overtime spouting remarks on how the team had finally escaped a match-day without a loss or not losing half their batting order to James Anderson and co. in the first hour of play. After the abandoned first match, India and England move to Cardiff for the second One-Day International (ODI). (Read the statistical analysis of India’s ODI record in England).

England, on the other hand would have surely been itching to take the field after putting behind a  wretched 10 months, which was punctuated with one agonising defeat to another. Three Tests wins in handsome fashion, which fully exposed the Indian top order’s fallibility and inexperience in the Old Blighty came as a breath of fresh air in the English camp. ODI cricket though is a different sort of demon which needs to be treated with careful dose of muscle and finesse. It also needs a captain  who can think on his feet and can manage his resources sensibly.

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