Cricket WC 2023: ‘England lose again against India
Despite England’s slide, this result with a margin as wide as Jos Buttler’s bat and pad made it plain to see.
It was an old champion team that was beaten by a team hell-bent on taking its crown.
While some of these changes shock, this one should surprise you in how emphatically it has happened.
India has everything England had when they won the World Cup in 2019. The memories of England are now all that remain.
As England were under captain Eoin Morgan four years ago, India are laser-focused on achieving a stated aim – winning a trophy they have been depriving themselves of.
There has been no white-ball trophy won by cricket’s powerhouse for 12 years, a relatively short period when compared to England’s wait for the 50-over trophy, which had passed painfully through three generations until a sunny Sunday at Lord’s, but India has prepared for this and is now looking forward to its success.
With 66 matches to England’s 42, they have played more games in this format than anyone else in the past four years.
As a result, they seem able to win games with their eyes shut, like England did before them.
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill have taken over Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy’s title as the best opening partnership in the world.
As for the Ben Stokes role, Hardik Pandya is expected to return to fitness by the semi-finals, before the superstar Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and KL Rahul’s solidity.
Mohammed Shami or a re-energized Kuldeep Yadav will take you with the ball if Jasprit Bumrah or Mohammed Siraj don’t.
Since India’s first game, Ravichandran Ashwin hasn’t played a game with his 717 international wickets. As England did four years ago when they omitted Moeen Ali, he can be left out as well.
England’s white-ball depth used to be one of their strongest assets.