The fifth and final game of the ODI series between India and Windies proved to be a completely one-sided game as the visitors were defeated by 9 wickets in a one-sided affair. Team India sealed the five-match series 3-1 with the second match in Vizag ending in a tie. The hosts have now won the Test and ODI series and will meet the Caribbeans in a three-game T20I series next.
In the series, there were some phenomenal batting performances as the Indians slammed six centuries. However, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli hit three centuries in the consecutive games while his deputy Rohit Sharma hit two 150-plus knocks. They also produced some good bowling spells, especially in the last two games.
According to Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri, however, it was Ambati Rayudu’s batting at No.4 and left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed’s show with the ball that counts as the hosts’ two biggest gains from the series. Rayudu, who has returned to the Indian side after a while, was one of India’s three centurions and scored 217 runs in four games. Khaleel, the 20-year-old pacer who made his international debut in the Asia Cup last month, took seven wickets in four matches in the series.
During the post-match presentation, the satisfied Indian skipper said, “Two areas I can think of are for the third seamer – Khaleel has been outstanding. God forbid anything happens to Bhuvi or Bumrah, good to have Khaleel who can come in and take wickets. Rayudu has also taken responsibility at No.4. Those two areas we were looking at (prior to the series). And those two have been addressed.”
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On the other hand, Shastri was especially impressed with 33-year-old Rayudu, saying the batsman handled the pressure of comeback “really well”. He was also happy with the left-arm pacer but wanted him to add more to his speed to become more effective.
Shastri said Team India was back on the track after winning their sixth successive ODI series at home. This was also their eighth consecutive ODI series win over the Windies and the fifth straight victory over the latter at home since 2002 when the Caribbeans last won a limited-overs series in India.