If Roy misses out, Hampshire captain James Vince could be in line for his first ODI appearance in almost two years, although Monday saw England call up Kent's Sam Billings as additional batting cover for the series finale in Leeds. If he is getting so many wickets, he must be having control over the ball, that's the main thing.
It was abject surrender as the Men in Blue put up an abysmal batting show and were equally listless on the field.
Considering England's ascendancy in white-ball cricket since 2015, the equation has balanced out over the last two encounters.
Score after 50 overs, IND 256-8, Shardul Thakur 22*, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 21; David Willey 3/40, Adil Rashid 3/45.
He bowled Kohli with a superb leg-break and had Raina caught low at leg-slip by Root.
To prove his point, Shivlkar - who has played only unofficial "Tests" for the country - cited the example of English skipper Eoin Morgan, who was one of Kuldeep's victim in the second ODI at Lords.
This is the first time in 200 ODI innings and 112 Test nnings that Kohli was bowled by a leg spinner.
Roy, England's second-highest run scorer in the series, sustained a deep cut to the little finger on his right hand when fielding at Lord's on Saturday and will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the third and final match at Headingley. While India's spinners were in contention throughout, the pace attack lacked penetration, particularly in the death overs.
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Left-hander Morgan was also free-scoring - lofting drives over extra cover and muscling the ball through the leg side, including England's only six.
While England's Joe Root found it "surprising", India's Yuzvendra Chahal said that he was unaware about the booing incident.
"He continually gets key batsmen out at key times".
England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (w), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood. England had recognized a problem and resolved it, which is what good sides do. I stuck to the basics and stuck wicket-to-wicket.
"Luckily, over the past year we've managed these situations really well".
Morgan questioned the value of bilateral series because it can be hard to manufacture the sort of situations that can occur in tournament play.
"English conditions are ideal for any spinner who is turning the ball" - Kuldeep. Iyer also gave a good account of himself in Port Elizabeth batting at number five.
"It's two very good sides - when they're on top, they really are on top, you keep your foot on the throat and don't let opposition up", said Wood.