India vs West Indies, 1st ODI (D/N), Ahmedabad, Feb 6 2022, West Indies tour of India
Match Result: India won by 6 wickets (with 132 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: Yuzvendra Chahal (4/49)
Match Report: A comfortable win for India in the end. They did lose 4 wickets but they did not look troubled for most part of the chase. Big part of this win goes to the bowlers though. They did the tough job, and set up an easy for the batters. Yuzi Chahal had a marvellous comeback, picking his 100th wicket in the 1000th ODI of India. His wicket of Kieron Pollard was such a treat to watch.
On the batting front, Rohit Sharma went all guns blazing, his quickfire knock made the rest of the chase a formality. Talking point of the match was Kohli and the way he batted. 4 balls, he played only 4 balls. But his approach of batting was way different. He attacked on every ball, losing his wicket on a trap that was set up by the Windies. Next two ODIs are scheduled in Ahmedabad as well. Windies need to come up with a better preparation if they intent to level the series, if winning it seems far.
Pollard, WI captain: Losing with 22 overs to spare is a heavy defeat. Same old for us – not being able to bat 50 overs. Have to take stock of that. We’ve got to dig deep, get better in terms of technique, myself included. Credit to the guys turning up. Has been difficult the last couple of days. Getting four wickets there shows if we put some runs we can compete. Toss is a crucial factor. It’s wet out there right now. Tonight it just slid onto the bat. That’s the nature of cricket, we can’t change that. You can say that (Holder should bat higher?). 12 months ago guys would not be saying that. He can bat in any position in the order.
Rohit, India captain: I don’t believe in perfect game. You cannot be perfect. We want to keep getting better. All in all a great effort from everyone. We ticked all boxes. Pretty happy with that. With that bat we could’ve finished with not so many wickets, that is one. Could also have created pressure on their lower order. Don’t want to take any credit away. The way we bowled upfront and then towards the back end was good to see. We want to keep getting better as a team. The end goal is we should be able to achieve what the team wants. If the team requires us to do something different, have to do it.
Don’t think we have to change a lot. All I ask from players is to keep challenging themselves. I’ve been off for a while, haven’t played for two months but I was back home hitting the balls. Knew there was a long season ahead. Had a good net session here. I was confident going into this game. Can take a lot of positives from this game. The pitch had something in it. There was softness in the pitch early on. In this particular game the toss became important. But honestly want to take the toss away from the play, don’t want to depend on it a lot. But if you do, you have to take advantage.
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