Mauling the West Indies in all-important final India vs West Indies ODI series by Paytm by 9 wickets to take the trophy 3-1, India once again dominated at home. From the first three ODIs that saw the batsmen in full flow to register totals of 300 plus to the last two ODIs that saw India’s bowling line-up annihilate their visitors, it was a complete performance from the Indians that saw Virat Kohli extend his record-breaking winning run as captain in ODI series in India.
The recently concluded India vs West Indies ODI series has given us plenty of positives to talk about. Be it from Virat Kohli stamping his authority yet again with a man of the series performance, Rohit Sharma showing his calibre that has seen him earn a place back in the test setup, Ambati Rayadu providing the much-needed stability to the Indian middle-order to Ravindra Jadeja putting in stellar performances in the crucial all-rounder’s role, we in this piece take a look at everything good for the Indian national cricket team.
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1 – Virat Kohli’s 453 Runs
5 matches, 453 runs, 3 centuries and an average of 151 are enough to speak about the influence Virat Kohli wielded this series. In devastating form with the bat, the Indian skipper continued to blow his horn as the best batsman in the world loudly and clearly.
It was a series that saw Kohli make the most of the batting-friendly conditions and take home the man of the series award. Prospering on them, Kohli breathed fire down West Indies, raking up three consecutive centuries in the first three ODIs to also become the fastest batsmen in the world to 10,000 ODI runs. His centuries included a massive knock on 157, one that was as superlative as it was mesmerising.
Not only with the bat but this was a series that saw Kohli put in a mature performance as captain as well. Ringing in the right bowling and fielding decisions in the last two ODIs, Kohli, rotated his bowlers well, adapting as the situation wanted to see his side function as a perfect unit.
2 – Rohit Sharma
A whirlwind of a 163 at the Brabourne Stadium ripped apart West Indies’ and helped India take an all-important 2-1 lead in the series. Coming from the bat of no other but local ad Rohit Sharma, the innings once again put the spotlights on the opener who has been in scintillating touch this year.
It was a typical Rohit Sharma innings, one that saw him launch into a frenzy after reaching his hundred. His contributions with the bat for India were more important given the form of his partner. A limping Dhawan hardly contributed for the hosts but with Sharma churning out well-worked innings at a regular rate, India’s top order was always in safe hands.
His 63 during the last ODI saw Sharma become the fastest ever batsman to hit 200 sixes, a milestone well deserved.
3 – Ambati Rayadu
Having retreated that Rayadu will be India’s number 4 going into the world cup; his performances with the bat will have delighted the selectors and Kohli. Praising Rayadu for his fine showing, Kohli pointed him out as the find of the season for India. A century in the fourth ODI which saw him notch up a 211 run partnership with Rohit Sharma along with other vital contributions throughout the series, sees Rayadu make his cause for a permanent side in the Indian line-up.
4 – Ravindra Jadeja
The spinning all-rounder has been in fine form ever since being selected for the final test match against England. Having earmarked his place in the side to the selectors, Jadeja has reposed the faith put in him by the skipper and team management with performances that have helped India immensely.
Be it the man of the match showing in the last ODI or the regular breakthroughs and vital runs added to the total down the order, Jadeja is showing what a good player in the all-rounder’s role can do the fortunes of the side.
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