India vs England – Eleven of the tournament


To be fair, it’s difficult to assess the performances of players in two distinct 3-match T20I and ODI series. As India lost the ODI series, it’s very easy to look back and criticize the team. But picking a team of best performers from both sides is exciting. So we are picking a team of eleven from the recently concluded limited overs leg between India and England – both T20Is and 50 overs together.


Depending on which way one looks at it, picking a team of eleven of any tournament can either be great fun, or it can be very difficult; almost gut-wrenching. If you are a devoted cricket lover, it generally gets tough, but as I write this, it feels just like a fun exercise. Just to clarify, it’s hard to have 2 separate teams for T20Is and 50 overs; hence I have picked a team of players based on their overall performance in the series. It’s not a team of the best players in limited overs cricket, but the best performers of this series. For the batsmen, I have looked at the runs along with the combination of average and strike rate. For the bowlers – Wickets along with the combination of average, strike rate and economy rate.


Let’s start with the openers –

  1. Jason Roy – Everyone knew at the start of this tour that England are no more the old school, traditional batting side. It’s a revamped English batting unit which looks absolutely fantastic. And Jason Roy has been an integral part of it. While he played only 2 ODIs, he was brilliant in the T20s, providing his side a quick start. Roy is my first opener.


No. of Innings32
Strike rate177.78101.30


  1. Rohit Sharma – Even as the series tailed off a little bit towards the end for him, Rohit Sharma walks into the side as the second opener. He hit two sensational hundreds – one each in a T20 and an ODI. Rohit makes us dazzle when he plays such special innings. He would have liked the series to have ended on a good note, but nevertheless, he makes my side.


No. of Innings33
Strike rate144.2197.47


  1. Joe Root – Didn’t have a great outing in the T20Is, but come the ODIs, Joe Root batted just like we imagined he would. He struggled initially, probably while reading Indian spinners. But once he got set, he just batted and batted. He was just dismissed once in the series and scored back to back hundreds which will give England great joy going into the Test series. He now has the most tons for England in ODIs (13).


No. of Innings23
Strike rate81.8289.26


  1. ViratKohli – Can’t look beyond him, can you? In the last tour of England, he was searching for runs. Four years later he is scoring them for fun! It’s hard to look past Kohli at present with his form at its peak. Even though India lost the ODI series, Kohli remained India’s highest run scorer in ODIs.


No. of Innings33
Strike rate123.6090.95


  1. Eoin Morgan – This is a tricky one. India clearly have problems in the middle order, while there wasn’t anyone exceptional in The English team either. England Skipper Morgan didn’t get much game time in the T20Is but was exceptional in the ODIs for his team. In the decisive final match, he put on an unbeaten partnership of 186 with Root to seal the series for England. On sheer pedigree and the experience, Morgan makes the side at No.5.


No. of Innings33
Strike rate88.2489.39


  1. Jos Buttler – Another tough-ey. Who do you pick among MS Dhoni and Jos Buttler? If you look at the ODI Nos., you will find MS Dhoni slightly ahead. But Dhoni in this series wasn’t quite the Dhoni we know. It’s never good to see the mighty MSD struggling to hit boundaries and rotate the strike. Buttler, on the other hand, was very handy for the hosts with the limited chances he got. Numbers may tend towards Dhoni but a better combination of average and strike rate gets Buttler in my XI.


No. of Innings32
Strike rate148.1098.28


  1. HardikPandya – Your No.7 must be a genuine all-rounder as it’s critical to the balance of the side. There was one each on either side – Ben Stokes and HardikPandya. While Stokes didn’t quite get going, Pandya made the most of the batting opportunities he got and did really well with the ball. His bowling has improved immensely since the tour of South Africa. His ODI figures may suggest otherwise, but in spite of being a support bowler, he was India’s highest wicket-taker in the T20Is.


No. of Innings22
Batting Average21.00
Batting Strike rate187.5095.35
Bowlng Average16.50156.00
Bowling Strike rate12.00
Economy Rate8.256.93


  1. David Willey – This new English team has got great depth in batting. David Willey not only picked up the wickets but was very handy with the bat for England whenever he got the opportunity. Willey picked up crucial wickets and was England’s leading seamer in the tournament.


No. of Innings33
Strike rate
Economy Rate7.734.71


  1. Adil Rashid – Leg spinners have been dominating the bowlers’ rankings and Rashid is not far behind. A very good leg-spinner who bats a bit, Rashid has been instrumental in England’s success in the limited overs off late. He bowled pretty well in the ODIs and got the prized scalp of The Indian Captain with a magic delivery in the decider.Kohli himself complimented the leggie for the way he bowled in the series.


No. of Innings33
Strike rate30.00
Economy Rate7.174.97


  1. KuldeepYadav – When he came on for the first time, England had no answer to him. After his fifer in the first T20, Kuldeep continued to trouble England in the ODIs as well. He picked up 6/25 in the first ODI at Trent Bridge as England surrendered to his magic. However, as the series progressed, English batsmen, especially Joe Root and Morgan found a way to tackle the Chinaman and were able to neglect the effect he had on them. He was India’s finest bowler in the tournament.


No. of Innings23
Strike rate20.00
Economy Rate7.254.93


  1. UmeshYadav – Barring the leg spinners, the visitors struggled with their bowling without Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. However, the way UmeshYadav ran in and bowled after making a comeback was heartening to see. He was sensational with the new ball in the IPL and continued his good form in England as well. In Bhuvi’s absence, he bowled pretty well in the death overs too. UmeshYadav being the second seamer completes the eleven of the tournament.


No. of Innings32
Strike rate
Economy Rate8.756.71



Prasad Palkar