India have been doing exceptionally well in the ongoing series against West Indies where they have thrashed West Indies by 3-0 in the three-match Twenty20 International series. Although the first ODI was abandoned, India won the second one on the back of a century by Virat Kohli and wonderful bowling by the bowlers.
Although Kuldeep Yadav didn’t have a great impact in the recently concluded ICC World Cup, he did pretty well against the West Indies.
“Kuldeep is picked because of the number of left-handers, his variations work better and that’s why he is preferred over Chahal. Iyer has a nice attitude as well and is a confident player. Got the pressure off me by scoring quick runs and then added those extra runs in the end,” Virat Kohli said.
Although, the openers failed to provide a good start to the team. But Kohli and Shreyas Iyer resurrect the innings.
“Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one so it was important for me to step up. We have done well when one of the top three has scored runs,” said Virat Kohli in the post-match presentation.
“We wanted to bat first as the ball was sticking a bit. We knew anything above 270 would be challenging. Batting became a bit easy because of the rain but I was hoping that one wicket would put pressure on them.”
Shreyas Iyer said that team had a target around 250 run o their mind.
“Playing for India A helped me paced the innings on this ground. Plan was to build a partnership without taking risks. Virat supported me well with ones and twos. He told me to bat atleast till 45th over. I want to stay consistent and contribute to the team.”
India will play against West Indies in the final ODI on August 14.