India won the toss and put West Indies in to bat first of the 5 match ODI series at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today.
After winning the toss Mr Dhoni said ‘looks like a good wicket, there’s a bit of moisture, there may be a bit of dew later on,’
This is the 10th ODI being held at the stadium, and the second encounter between the two teams in one year. India had handed out a six wicket defeat when the teams clashed each other in November 21, 2013.
Dhoni’s team, who are in superb form with the ODI victory against England, was in confident that they will finish the proceedings in easy way and repeat the stelling performance, through AM Rahane, and SK Raina with their able support from none other than skipper M S Dhoni.
The current series against the Windies will not be an easy one. Team Indian players will be expected to pull all their punches with the Australia tour in offing and above all the ICC world Cup to be held next year.
Though there were certain uncertainty had prevailed following the visitors stand that they would quit the match following certain difference with their union, the timely intervention by the organisation and the Indian counter part, finally giving a sign of relief to the organisers as well the crowd.
The teams will play five ODIs, three tests and one T20 during this series.
The Teams: India: MS Dhoni (Captain), S Dhawan, RA Jadeja, V Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, B Kumar, A Mishra, Mohammed Shami, AM Rahane,SK Raina, AT Rayudu, MM Sharma, M Vijay, UT Yadav.
The Teams: West Indies: DJ Bravo (Captain), SJ Benn, DM Bravo, JO Holder, LR Johnson, KA Pollard, D Ramdin, R Rampaul, KAJ Roach, AD Russell, DJG Sammy, MN Samuels, LMP Simmons, DR Smith, JE Taylor.
The uncertainty whether the first ODI game between India and West Indies would be played was finally cleared, thanks to the timely intervention by BCCI and Kerala Cricket Association (KCA).
Cricket buffs heaved a sigh of relief as well as the organisers with the turning up of both Indian and West Indies for warming up session at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium here today.
The trouble arose with the visitor’s decision and subsequent letter to their Union that they would not take part in the match, until certain of their grievances were settled. The remour the news spread then that the match was going to called off as the Caribbean team was not going to play and that was why they did not take part in the net practice or the media briefing before the match.
There were queries from all parts as cricket fans, they were hoping that the West Indies would change their mind and play the match.
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