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WI vs IND 1st ODI: Rohit, Kohli, Pooran set to make it big

By Chaitanya Laxman

A thumping 3-0 win in the T20I series has boosted Team India’s morale and Kohli’s men will now be eager to repeat the heroics in the ODI series.

The 50-over format isn’t Windies’ strength but they gave a tough challenge to the world champions England recently. This should give Team India a reality check and the series should be a competitive one.

In the first ODI of this series, keep an eye on these three batsmen.

#3. Nicholas Pooran:

The T20 series was a a nightmare for Pooran who failed to make a big score. But he is in good form in ODIs and finished the World Cup with a hundred and then a half-century.

His ability to pace his innings according to the situation make him a big threat for India’s diverse bowling attack.

Batting average in 2019: 45.87

Batting strike-rate in 2019: 99.18

Total runs in 2019: 367

Batting average against India: 28.00

Batting strike-rate against India: 56.00

#2. Virat Kohli:

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The Indian skipper scored a crucial half-century in the last T20I and looked in prime touch. He hasn’t scored a ODI hundred in the recent times and this might be the occasion to get back to old habits.

Batting average in 2019: 55.47

Batting strike-rate in 2019: 94.19

Batting average in Windies: 45.46

Batting strike-rate in Windies: 87.29

Batting average against Windies: 70.81

Batting strike-rate against Windies: 96.27

#1. Rohit Sharma:

The Indian opener is at the peak of his batting form and has already slammed six ODI hundreds in 2019. He loves pulling the shortish delivery and hence it will be advantage Rohit on the pitches in Windies.

Batting average in 2019: 57.33

Batting strike-rate in 2019: 88.52

Batting average in Windies: 54.33

Batting strike-rate in Windies: 72.55

Batting average against Windies: 61.85

Batting strike-rate against Windies: 90.55

Chaitanya Laxman

Smitten by cricket, green mountains, and written words, Chaitanya is engrossed with cricket stats and analysis. But cricket commentary is what he savors the most.