Men aim to bag series

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jul 2017 09:28:04


NORTH SOUND (Antigua),

FOOT firmly set on the pedal, a marauding India would be aiming to seal the series with yet another resounding performance against a below-par West Indies in the fourth One-Day International, here on Sunday.
With comprehensive back-to-back victories in the second and third ODIs, it seems like a mere formality as Virat Kohli and his men are slowly inching towards a complete rout of their opposition despite the first game being abandoned.

The victory margins of 105 and 93 runs respectively is a testimony to India’s complete dominance in the current series.
The West Indies side has looked like a rag tag outfit which has only turned up and failed to put up any semblance of fight.

For Kohli, a 4-0 victory many not earn him a lot of plaudits due to the sheer quality of opposition but would definitely help him to deflect the unwanted controversy that was created due to his alleged role in sudden departure of national coach Anil Kumble.

The best part about India’s performance is that they have had all bases covered.
The batsmen have been amongst runs while the bowlers have displayed exemplary discipline in their effort.
The ‘Men In Blue’ have controlled the proceedings at will and Jason Holder and his team have had no clue. While chasing a target of 252, on a slowish wicket, West Indies just surrendered meekly. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav is improving with each game.

Ravichandran Ashwin was also back in form with 3 for 28 completing a personal milestone of 150 ODI wickets.
Dhoni was seen giving some tips from behind the stumps and Rahane admitted that his inputs are still invaluable.
“We all are lucky to have him. The kind of knowledge he has, Virat can walk up to him anytime and ask for his suggestion,” Rahane said. It will be interesting to see if Kohli decides to tweak his playing XI, may be get Dinesh Karthick or Rishabh Pant in the middle-order in place of Yuvraj Singh.

‘Never lost confidence in my limited overs game’

THE jury is still out on his utility as a limited overs batsman but Ajinkya Rahane on his own admission never lost confidence in his ability despite being out of favour in the 50-over format for a long time.
Rahane has scores of 62, 103 and 72 to show for his efforts as an opener in the current West Indies tour in the absence of Rohit Sharma and is ready to make every chance count.
“Not at all,” Rahane said emphatically when asked if he had started doubting his abilities after being out of playing XI in ODIs.

“It was a matter of getting good runs and getting it consistently, I was waiting for this chance. I want to thank Virat (Kohli) and team management as they gave me an opportunity to bat at top of the order,” Rahane told mediapersons at the post match press conference.
Kohli may change XI INDIA captain Virat Kohli was happy with a clinical performance in the third ODI and hinted at making some changes in the playing XI providing game time to all those who have not yet figured in the playing XI in the ongoing series.

Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthick and Mohammed Shami are yet to get a game.
“We will surely look into (making changes). We have quite a few players who haven’t had a game in a while,” Kohli assured that everyone would get a fair chance.

The skipper was happy to have won a good toss.
“I think it was a clinical performance again. Early on, there was quite a bit of moisture, it was a good toss to win, and they bowled really well. It was a good batting effort to get us to 250.”