As a century partnership for the opening wicket between Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan drove India to an astounding win of the Indian Cricket Team over West Indies in the second ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday.
Skipper Virat Kohli showered praise on the former, citing he gives Team India the leverage of adding an extra bowler in the side.
“Rahane has been a part of the ODI set-up for a while and we all felt he had a great potential at the top of the order. He is always there as the third opening batsman. In this series, I think he has started taking a lot less pressure on himself and has begun enjoying his game more,” Kohli said.
Lauding Kuldeep Yadav whose bolwing spells ensured West Indies don’t go beyond their score of 205/6, Kohli said, “I have faced him in the IPL. He’s quite amazing with what he does with the bowl and especially on dry wickets like it was today, he becomes even more lethal. Credit to him for putting up such a performance.”
Kohli further credited the determination of his team to have quite convincingly defeated West Indies on their home turf.
With a massive 310 for five on the scorecard, India won by a margin of 105 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. The 105-run margin gave the visitors their biggest win in the Caribbean.
The first match on Friday was abandoned due to rain.
The second ODI was also affected due to heavy rains and the match was reduced to 43 overs a side.