5th ODI at Thiruvananthapuram: India win by 9 wickets, claim series 3-1

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Virat Kohli – Rohit takes India to sixth consecutive series win at home

After an initial scare in the five-match ODI series, Virat Kohli -led Indian side comeback strongly to outclass the Windies and winning the series 3-1, extending their domination at home, not having lost a bilateral series since October 2015.

India vs WestIndies-CI

The action will soon shift to the shortest format, where the difference between the two sides is very narrow. Two times WT20 champions are at their lethal best in the T20. Some popular faces return to Windies side as well. The three-game series is one to watch out for.

Turned out to be that way. Because of our clinical performance, the game was finished early in the day. Wanted to bowl first anyway, we were surprised when they chose to bat first. Still had to execute our plans.

Losing the toss was a blessing in disguise for us. Virat Kohli  is very happy when the team plays well, regardless of personal performance. When you play like that everyone is delighted and happy.

Two areas third seamer – Khaleel has been outstanding and Rayudu doing well at number 4. God forbid anything to happens to Bhuvi or Bumrah but we have a third seamer ready.

Those two areas were important. To contribute as a captain is an added bonus. Won’t happen every time. Awards are by-products of what you do on the field.

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Most runs in a five-match bilateral ODI series: 

515 – Fakhar Zaman v Zimbabwe, 2018
467 – Hamilton Masakadza v Kenya, 2009
453 – Virat Kohli v Windies, 2018*

Turned out to be that way. Because of our clinical performance, the game was finished early in the day. Wanted to bowl first anyway, we were surprised when they chose to bat first. Still had to execute our plans.

Losing the toss was a blessing in disguise for us. Virat Kohli very happy when the team plays well, regardless of personal performance. When you play like that everyone is delighted and happy.

Two areas third seamer – Khaleel has been outstanding and Rayudu doing well at number 4. God forbid anything to happens to Bhuvi or Bumrah but we have a third seamer ready.

Those two areas were important. To contribute as a captain is an added bonus. Won’t happen every time. Awards are by-products of what you do on the field.

Virat Kohli, India captain and MoS

Virat Kohli said Turned out to be that way. Because of our clinical performance, we were able to finish the game in a few hours. Credit to the bowling unit, pitching it in the right areas. Wanted to bowl first anyway. Blessing in disguise.

Still had to execute our plans. Last both games have been clinical, very professional with ball and bat. Change-room atmosphere is very important, and when you play like that, the energy is always good. Everyone wants to be part of it.

Two areas I can think of (World Cup plans): third seamer – Khaleel has been outstanding. Rayudu has also taken responsibility at No.4. God forbid anything happens to Bhuvi or Bumrah, good to have Khaleel who can come in and take wickets.

Those two areas we’re looking at. And those two have been addressed. To contribute as a captain is an added bonus. Won’t happen every time. Awards are by-products of what you do on the field.

Ravindra Jadeja is Man of the Match

Jadeja: I am enjoying my game at the moment. When I am on the field, I try and give my best. In that decision review case, the ball did not spin much and the ball went straight. We were not sure where the ball was pitched.

Jason Holder, Windies captain: Not the finish we were looking for. Lacked consistency in the last couple of games. Credit to the guys, admirable performance against India in India.

Thought it would’ve been a good pitch. Their bowlers put the ball in the right areas. A lot of our dismissals were poor shots, wasn’t about the pitch. The pitch was on the slower side a bit need little bit more application.

Relatively happy with the youngsters, still one or two things that we need to brush up on. Few bright spots, Hetymer and Shai Hope have been good even Oshane Thomas did well too.

Largest victory margins for India by balls remaining in ODIs:

231 v Kenya, Bloemfontein, 2001

211 v Windies, Thiruvananthapuram, 2018*

187 v U.A.E., Perth, 2015

181 v East Africa, Leeds, 1975

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