England last met India in a one-day international at Emerald Headingley in September of 2014 with the Three Lions coming out on top, claiming a 41-run win.
The fixture will be fondly remembered by the Yorkshire faithful with Joe Root, the now England Test Captain, scoring only his second hundred in international limited overs cricket. The Sheffield-born batsman’s knock of 113 off 108 balls, with ten boundaries and three maximums, will not have shocked many at the time given his prolific Test Match form that summer (518 runs at an average of 103.6). Rather surprisingly, in going past three figures, Root became the first Yorkshire player to score a hundred at Headingley in one-day cricket, an incredible achievement considering the rich cricketing history in this County.
England compiled 294 for 7 after losing the toss and being put in to bat, with a 10:30am start resulting in early movement. Alastair Cook, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes all made telling contributions scoring 46, 49 and 33* respectively. The total proved to be enough despite a fine knock of 87 from 68 balls from India’s spinning all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The current world number one ranked side were bowled out for 253 thanks to three wickets from Ben Stokes and two a-piece from James Anderson, Steven Finn and Moeen Ali.
Following the win, the then England Captain Alastair Cook hailed Root’s innings: “Rooty was the difference. That was a fantastic hundred to score a run a ball on that wicket. If we do that we are a tough side to beat.”
However, the victory was just a consolation for England who lost the series 3-1 and questions were being asked of Alastair Cook’s captaincy in one-day cricket. The left-handed opener retained the captaincy up until the start of the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, when Eoin Morgan took the reins. Unfortunately, the competition did not go well with the Three Lions losing four of six group games and the nature of their performances was heavily criticised.
An early World Cup exit called for England to rebuild the side, which they have done with great success over the last few years playing a very exciting and explosive brand of cricket. They are certainly now a side that spectators enjoy watching and next year’s ODI is likely to be no different.
Joe Root was the only representation from Yorkshire in the ODI side at Emerald Headingley in 2014, which is likely to serve as stark contrast to the squad in 2018 which could feature as many as five players from the White Rose.
Make sure you’re at Emerald Headingley in 2018 to witness more historic moments. Could it be a hundred for Root, Jonny Bairstow, or possibly a five-fer for David Willey, Liam Plunkett or Adil Rashid?
England will take on India in an ODI at Emerald Headingley on Tuesday 17th July (12:30pm start). Tickets start from £50 for adults and £20 for juniors and, with a reduced capacity at Emerald Headingley due to the North-South Stand development, spectators are encouraged to secure their seats now.
Let us know who you will be getting behind next summer! Simply fill in the below form to be in with a chance of winning one of three great prizes; an England Test shirt signed by our very own Joe Root, a bat signed by both Pakistan and England teams from the 2016 series or a Yorkshire shirt with Tendulkar 92 on the back to commemorate his stint as our overseas 25 years ago.