India were defeated in the first ODI by West Indies with mammoth margin of 124 runs. This happens to be the second biggest defeat for India against West Indies in ODIs. The bowling department looked completely out of touch while the West Indies looked positive in their approach and the innings from Marlon Samuels was sensational.
The 2nd ODI between India and West Indies at Delhi will take place on Saturday with Ishant Sharma making a comeback in place of the injured Mohit Sharma.
India team has to improve in various departments, right from batting, the opening pair looks partly unstable and India is definitely feeling the absence of Rohit Sharma up in the order. But there was a positive for India that Shikhar Dhawan did look in touch and he was perhaps the only batsman who middled the ball perfectly throughout his innings.
Also, the lack of form of Virat Kohli continued and though he is trying his level best to regain his earlier form but it might be too much pressure or a technical correction which he needs to make but he has been unsuccessful. Suresh Raina had a decent CLT20 and he even scored a blistering century in the CLT20 final but he was dismissed for a duck in the first ODI. Surely he will make a mark in the next ODI. And also the likes of Rayudu and Jadeja have to come good desperately as this series is equally important for India’s World Cup preparations.
The skipper, MS Dhoni was dismissed unfortunately in the first ODI but we all know what he is capable of and that is a big sign of hope. In the bowling department, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was economical and bowled decently while Shami took valuable wickets. Apart from those two, none of the bowlers looked impressive.
The spinning department also seemed to be relatively weaker due to the absence of Ravichandran Ashwin. But it is expected that India is bound to make a comeback in the second ODI.
West Indies had a surprising opening pair in the first ODI. Due to the injury of Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo opened the innings with Dwayne Smith. In the upcoming ODI, Lendl Simmons is expected to play. Thus the opening pair will be even more strengthened.
The middle order was great, especially the likes of Marlon Samuels and Dinesh Ramdin. Their partnership took the game away from the Indians. Samuels looked perfect and played brilliantly. If he carries on in the same way in the next ODI, the chances for India will definitely flicker away.
In the bowling phase, they were impressive and Narine’s absence was not felt to such an extent. Jerome Taylor, Ravi Rampaul gave them a tight start and Darren Sammy bowled brilliantly in the middle overs and took the most important wicket of MS Dhoni. Surely their bowling seems to be pretty much of balanced. Marlon Samuels did a fair decent job with the ball too. He took the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan his spin bowling will definitely be a bonus for them in the second ODI.
As it stands, India will desperately go for a win to keep the fight on in the series and the series would be much more interesting then.
IndianXI (Probable): MS Dhoni (c&wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.
West Indies XI (Probable): Dwayne Bravo (c), Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn.