India vs West Indies 1st ODI 2018 – Only the third instance that two Indians have scored 140+ in an ODI as Holder and Rohit shakes hands. Complete control with the bat as Rohit and Kohli scored 36 fours and 10 sixes. New cricket ground of Guwahati witnesses an India accomplish in the first ever ODI. The West Indies look depressed as they walk out of the ground. Only the captain Jason Holder (5.62) concludes with an economy of less than six among the visitors. As for the Indian bowling, Chahal’s three-wicket haul was impressive. And honestly, so was Jadeja’s bowling despite going for over six per over.
Yuzvendra Chahal expresses about the new ground: On this wicket, you need to vary your pace. Because when the ball is old, it grips. When the batsman is tall, then you need to vary. Plus, they were looking for sixes only when I was bowling, so I bowled differently. They are very solid guys so we can’t afford to bowl full too often. The way Kohli and Rohit batted, it was delightful from the stands.
Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match.
Losing captain, Jason Holder at presentation: “Extremely pleased with the batting. Credit to Hetmyer, always good to see a youngster do well. Pretty much everyone chipped in. I thought it was a decent effort with the bat, but life was difficult for our spinners under the light. I would agree we were 25-30 short. I felt we were par, and then we got Dhawan’s early wicket, but credit to Kohli and then Rohit. In hindsight, we needed a few partnership breakers. Hetmyer is exciting and was happy for him after the Test series. The character showed. If he batted 5-6 more overs, we would’ve got 350.”
Winning captain has to say, Virat Kohli: “Feels pretty good. A convincing win. I thought West Indies were really good with the bat. And 320+ totals are always tricky. But we knew it’s all about one partnership. And life isn’t difficult when Rohit is at the other end. Happens very rarely when Rohit plays second fiddle. Among the top three, I’ve preferred the anchor role, but today I felt good and I communicated with Rohit that he should play the anchor role.
When I got out, he took over and Rayudu played the anchor. And I’ve always enjoyed batting with him. It’s our fifth [sixth] double-hundred partnership. I have a few years left to enjoy the sport. Playing for the country is a matter of pride, so you can’t take any game lightly. And I like being honest about the sport you love. You’re playing for India, not everyone gets to do that, so that needs to be respected. When a side like West Indies bat like that, it’s hard to contain them. Wickets did come, but they were going hard at us. So don’t blame the bowlers too much, you saw the pitch was good, we chased it down in 42 overs.”