India kicked off their ODI series against West Indies with high spirits after securing a 1-0 Test series victory. The three-match ODI series, commencing on July 27 at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, holds significant importance for India as it serves as crucial preparation for the upcoming ODI World Cup scheduled to begin on October 5 in India.
In the lead-up to the first ODI, Indian players were fully immersed in their preparations, honing their skills in the nets. During one intense practice session, a humorous moment unfolded between Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya. While Pandya was bowling to Kohli, he delivered a wide delivery that prompted Kohli to throw his bat at it in jest.
As the duo exchanged glances for a few seconds after the shot, the atmosphere lightened up. In a hilarious gesture, Kohli signaled a boundary with his legs wide apart and tongue out, bringing smiles to the faces of those present.
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Following the ODI series, India and West Indies are set to clash in a five-match T20I series. India’s cricketing calendar remains packed as they prepare for the Asia Cup, scheduled to begin on August 30. The final chapter of their World Cup preparations will be a three-match ODI series against Australia in September.
In the first ODI, India won the toss and opted to bowl. Led by Rohit Sharma, the team selected Ishan Kishan as their primary wicketkeeper, while Mukesh Kumar made his ODI debut. Notably, Mohammad Siraj was released from the squad, affording him much-needed rest after a hectic schedule.
The Indian side is eager to kick off the ODI series with a resounding victory, aiming to gain momentum and confidence before the highly anticipated ODI World Cup. As the cricketing action unfolds, fans around the globe await thrilling performances and memorable moments on the road to cricket’s most prestigious tournament.