After a surprisingly close ODI series we are in Thiruvananthapuram to witness the final and the decider ODI between India and Windies. The hosts lead the series by 2-1 and have registered a mammoth win in the 4th ODI. But Jason Holder's men have proved in the series that they can bounce back and that too in style. Hence, India will be careful with their strategies for the 5th ODI and these three men will be the one to watch out for.
It is a difficult time to be MS Dhoni. Despite his growing age, his wicket-keeping has remained sharp as he showcased in the fourth ODI but as a batsman, he is in deep trouble.
His failures have become frequent but the former Indian captain needs to produce just one good innings to keep the critics quiet. Will the 5th ODI be that innings?
India's Virat Kohli in bowling, Bumrah is the answer to the nation's age-old worry of fast bowlers. The pacer is sensational with the new ball and in the death overs turns into a yorker machine. Not to forget his subtle changes in length and witty mind that helps him stay ahead of the batsmen.
Indian bowlers have struggled in the death overs in this series and Bumrah especially will be etching to correct the wrongs in the final episode on June 1st.
With 1169 runs, six centuries and a stratospheric average of 129.88, Virat Kohli has owned ODI cricket in 2018. And the Indian captain now has one more chance to further stamp his dominance and make no mistake he is all geared up for it.
He would be knowing that there is no better occasion to score runs than a series decider. He has three hundreds already in this series and a fourth one is surely on the cards.