After the demolition of West Indies in Manchester India have one foot in the semi final of the ICC cricket World Cup.
Up next for Virat Kohli and Co. are the hosts and pre tournament favourites England at Edgbaston, coincidentally a venue where the both teams met in the 1999 and England were eliminated from the tournament.
India go into the match unbeaten in the tournament so far, winning five matches, while the match against New Zealand was washed out. England on the other hand come into the tie at Edgbaston in poor form having lost their last two matches against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively.
A loss for the hosts would make it very difficult for them to qualify for the semis and given their top billing before the World Cup would be a massive shock.
India for their part would be looking to pile further misery on England and looking to send them packing at the earliest possible opportunity.
Here Livemint takes a look at how India could line up against England for this crunch tie in Birmingham.
1) Rohit Sharma – Hasn’t done that well in the last two matches but has been in superb form prior to that.
2) KL Rahul – Done well since moving at the top of the order and alongside his partner is the only logical choice for the spot
3) Virat Kohli – Has been in superb form with the bat and recently became the fastest to reach 20,000 international runs. He has also scored four consecutive fifties in the ICC cricket World Cup.
4) Vijay Shankar – Hasn’t set the world on fire in his three matches and will be sweating on his place in the team. Adds an extra dimension with the ball.
5) Rishabh Pant – Pant comes into the team for his first outing of the World Cup instead of Kedar Jadhav. Pant can be explosive down the order and that is exactly the kind of player India needs.
6) MS Dhoni – Struck an important fifty in the last match against West Indies and his experience heading into the latter stages of the tournament is crucial for the team.
7) Hardik Pandya – Shone with both bat and ball in the match against West Indies and has been in god form throughout the World Cup.
8) Mohammed Shami – Picked up his second consecutive four-wicket haul in the tournament and even though Bhuvneshwar bowled full tilt in the nets he continues to have his place in the team.
9) Kuldeep Yadav – Even though he doesn’t have many wickets to his name in the tournament, he has been a delight to watch and his mystery will give England plenty to ponder.
10) Jasprit Bumrah – Number one bowler for team India and he will be looking to get amongst the wickets against the hosts.
11) Yuzvendra Chahal – Along with Kuldeep, Chahal has been outstanding for India in the middle overs and he will be looking to spin a web around English batsmen once again.