The cricket season kicks into high gear as the Indian team tours England from July to September, playing a total of 11 matches. These matches are definitely worth watching, and if you’d like to understand why, then keep reading:
Kohli has a point to prove
India’s Virat Kohli is the Cristiano Ronaldo and Tom Brady of cricket – there is no bigger name in cricket today. He doesn’t usually have much to prove beyond beating his own record-setting standards, but this time is different. This time he arrives with a mission, both to make up for his own poor form during India’s previous tour of England in 2014 and to prove a point against the peerless bowling of England’s James Anderson.
England is resurgent
Australia just wrapped a two-week long tour in England on June 27, and they left without winning a single match. The England team hasn’t always come across as fearsome opponents, but England’s crushing victory against a top-tier team like Australia is making cricket fans take attention. This is a new-look England team that has been training hard, they have been infused with younger players, and 2018 could be their year, even against the perennially dominant Indians.
It will be epic
My favorite match of cricket, ever, happened on July 13, 2002 in England between India and the host nation. It was the final of the NatWest series, an annual three-team tournament, and England had posted a record high One-Day International score of 325 runs. Not many expected India to overcome it when they came to bat in the second innings, especially when their star batsman Sachin Tendulkar was bowled out early. But India turned the match around and won it with three balls to spare. These teams are capable of historic narratives when they meet, and I expect more of the same over the next few months.
Full match schedule (all times EST):
|1st T20I||July 03, 2018||12:30 PM|
|2nd T20I||July 06, 2018||12:30 PM|
|3rd T20I||July 08, 2018||09:00 AM|
|1st ODI||July 12, 2018||07:30 AM|
|2nd ODI||July 14, 2018||06:00 AM|
|3rd ODI||July 17, 2018||07:30 AM|
|1st Test||August 01, 2018 – August 05, 2018||06:00 AM|
|2nd Test||August 09, 2018 – August 13, 2018||06:00 AM|
|3rd Test||August 18, 2018 – August 22, 2018||06:00 AM|
|4th Test||August 30, 2018 – September 03, 2018||06:00 AM|
|5th Test||September 07, 2018 – September 11, 2018||06:00 AM|
All matches will be streamed live on Willow HD on Sling TV.