India versus West Indies ODI series started off on a miserable note with a shocking episode in Kochi, where the visiting team slammed India and managed a massive victory of 124 runs.
India’s downcast bowling accompanied with low spirited batting, resulted in shameful defeat. Virat Kohli maintained his wrestle for stable form, Jerome Taylor angled bowl made Kohli to set early in pavilion. Delhi ODI would be the best chance for Kohli to bounce back with stunning performance, as the batting star will be playing in his hometown.
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Shikhar Dhawan’s 68 runs from 92 balls with 9 boundaries and Shami’s sharp bowling concluded off 4 wickets to make the Indian
innings to battle on the ground some how. Apart from Dhawan and Shami, no one from the Indian side challenged the Caribbean
squad to make a come back in Kochi ODI.
Cricket followers have to admit that India’s imprudent attitude towards Caribbean bowlers held them back. The West Indies team rolled best 1st round performance, fine shot selection and perfect bowling length at Kochi.
Second ODI in Delhi on Saturday could prove a fair opportunity for the Indian side as the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch would play a
neutral role for both bowling and batting. Indian bowlers must choose the attacking behavior as the biggest threat will be
Marlon Samuels as he washed away the Indian bowlers in Kochi One Day. His total of 126 not out off 116 balls with 11 boundaries and four sixes, brought the Indian bowlers under pressure.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who showed under down performance at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium has to weave the Kotla pitch
along with Shami. Ambati Rayadu middle order batsman, who exhibited a poor show in 1ST ODI, needs to look forward and get into a sensible batting style.
Amit Mishra should prove his mettle today as he is also playing in home conditions. Skipper MS Dhoni would like to make some
changes in the batting order, while even the bowling department could see some variations as they gifted many runs to the
opponent in Kochi One Day.
Although, Indian team needs to show an all-round performance to make a come back in the series, starry batting line up of India would make a positive input in the 2ND ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium and spectators in Delhi want a true fighting spirit come back to the Indian side.
India: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.
West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Ravi Rampaul, Suliemann Benn, Jerome Taylor.
Meanwhile, the BCCI on Thursday clarified that there absolutely “no threat” to India vs West Indies series despite the pay dispute between the visiting cricketers and its parent body. “I want to clarify that there is no threat to the India versus West Indies series. The matches will go on as per schedule. In fact, I have spoken to a few officials from the WICB and have got assurance that there will be no disruption”, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI.
He rebutted rumours that BCCI had made payment to the West Indies players or WICB prior to the first ODI in Kochi. “There is absolutely no truth to these rumours. The BCCI has not made any such payments and nor do we have any plans of indulging into any such financial transactions in principle. This is their internal matter. As a cricket board, we can obviously offer our advice on what can be the correct path to solve the problem but that’s about it,” the BCCI secretary said.
However the WICB will be paid by BCCI a “guarantee money” but that is a mandatory payment that has to be made to a visiting nation as per ICC guidelines, he noted.
Reports said the top WICB officials have reached Delhi to hold talks with their team memebrs before the second ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla scheduled on Saturday kicks off.