Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great time, welcome back to another article. So, the first of the three match ODI Series just got concluded in Wankhede, and the result have already poised a lot of questions in front of Kohli and his men. Well, the very first ball of the match was hit by Rohit Sharma for a boundary, everything looked fine, but when Mitchell Starc came in with his second over saw Rohit Sharma miss-time a lofted shot over the mid-on fielder, which just carried to him. Dhawan and KL Rahul did a pretty good job of recovery, and they both looked in solidarity in this batting paradise, but the conundrum started after the fall of Dhawan’s wicket, after he got out due to a mistimed shot that got his leading edge. After that Kohli did hit a six of Zampa’s bowling but soon perished after that, when he hit a shot straight back at Zampa.
Then Aaron Finch decided to go full-fetch on the Indian team, and the bowlers did set the batsman up for dismissals and they kept the captains promise, Starc, Cummins and Richardson never let the batsman settle and gain the momentum back towards India, as they were chipping in with the wickets more often than not, and they completely took the charge of the proceedings in their hands and dominated the Indian batting. Jadeja and Pant did look to put up a fighting partnership just like Dhawan and Rahul. But eventually were out caught due to the pressure of the low run-rate. Kuldeep did play a short cameo after hitting two boundaries in his stay for 17 runs, but was also run-out eventually in the slog overs.
India did manage to go past 250 and put up a total score of 255, which is quite respectable, but was never at par and never enough, with respect to the momentum they had until the 30 over mark and also because of the dew factor and the more then capable and mighty batting line-up of the Aussies, who just seemed to stroll towards the target with extreme ease and grit. They got to the 256 run target in the 37th over itself without even loosing a single wicket! which happened for the first time between this two teams, as both the openers (Warner and Finch) posted bold centuries to get their team over the mark with conviction and hands down. Shardul Thakur got the better of Warner at the start of the Aussie innings, but the very last-moment review by Warner saved his wicket and his destiny to get to the triple figure mark, all thanks to DRS.
But there were quite a few Indian fans who were irked by Kohli’s decision of playing with 4 openers and fans were also in-furious about Kohli giving away his batting position to the likes of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul and he himself is batting at no.4, but in riposte Kohli said that they were just trying to experiment with the team combination and were testing the bench strength of the team and giving a chance for all batters to display their batsman-ship in front of a strong opposition, in the post-match presentation. Well, I personally do support the captain and his decision to do so, and we as fans and cricket analyst should not come to a conclusion just so early, as this are still early days for both the teams in this series, there are still 2 more ODI’s to be played, who knows who will take charge of their destiny and make a flip-around. Know how Aussies came from behind and clinched the series last year? this time it my’s well be team India’s turn, we hope that India will learn from their major mistakes and shortcomings (such as poor fielding, low on confidence, capitalising important moments, and an appropriate bowling combination), the doubt on Rishabh Pant’s availability for the coming match still looms large as he didn’t keep in the first ODI as he was hit on the helmet and was out due to concussion, so India might not risk on the selection of the talented player, and my’s well pick another batsman or all-rounder in place of him.
Well, Yes that was our short glimpse and review on the first ODI of the three match series, India will have to go back to the drawing board, re-group themselves and come out all-guns blazing and also with a positive attitude and mind-set to win both of the next 2 remaining one-dayers, they have a couple of more days until the next one-day match, but time and India’s persistence will only tell wether they will be able to make a strong statement and a big-time comeback into the series, as they also have the added home advantage to go with that. Until next time it’s adios from Parth Minawala and the whole Cookie Way team!