Middlesex v India: Three talking points
Middlesex v India: Three talking points as the tourists find some form
Kohli finds some form after torrid Test series
When Virat Kohli arrived in England, he was already a household name with a reputation for destroying bowling attacks around the globe. What we saw was very different. Ten innings and a top score of 39 doesn’t scream world-class but Kohli has finally found some sort of form hitting 71 against Middlesex. Eight boundaries and a maximum from 94 balls gave fans a glimpse of what Kohli can produce before he was caught behind off Ravi Patel. He will no doubt fare far better in limited overs cricket than he did in the Test match arena this summer.
Tourists still struggling against ‘part-time’ spin
Despite unsurprisingly being considered some of the best players of spin in the world, the Indians have toiled against the seemingly harmless bowling of Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali, who defied his critics to take an impressive 19 wickets in the series. The tourists’ new tormentor is Ollie Raynor, the Middlesex off-spinner taking 4-32 to rip through the middle-order. With the five-match series starting on Monday, England’s main spin threat James Tredwell will be looking to take advantage of some Indian batsmen seriously devoid of confidence against the spinning ball.
Morgan misses chance ahead of England return
Once touted as England’s ‘finisher’ in limited overs cricket and having flirted briefly with the Test team, Eoin Morgan had a chance to strike fear into the Indian bowlers to gain a psychological advantage ahead of the first ODI at Bristol on Monday. Unfortunately Morgan couldn’t take his chance, reaching 16 before slashing at Mohit Sharma and managing only to edge behind to wicket-keeper Sanju Samson. In what is a jam-packed middle-order for England, it would be very surprising if the Middlesex man didn’t feature in the eleven, but could have removed all doubt with a match winning innings in this match.