India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli hints at giving Rishabh Pant a chance in third ODI

Indian captain Virat Kohli said that the team may consider giving chances to some of the players in the third ODI against West Indies. India had walked to a 105-run win over West Indies in the second ODI.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: June 26, 2017 7:15 am
virat kohli, india vs west indies, rishab pant, india vs west indies third odi, cricket news, cricket, sports news, indian express India walked to a 105-run win over West Indies in the second ODI, giving them a 1-0 lead in the series after the first match was washed out. (Source: AP)

Indian captain Virat Kohli hinted at experimenting with his squad when they travel to Antigua to play West Indies in the third of the five-match ODI series. This includes giving Rishabh Pant a run. “We’ll sit down and decide as a team about changes that can be made. We’ll go to Antigua and regroup, and that’s a possibility as well, give a few guys an opportunity,” said Kohli in the post-match interview.

India walked to a 105-run win over West Indies in the second ODI, giving them a 1-0 lead in the series after the first match was washed out. It was India’s highest margin of victory against West Indies in the latter’s own stomping ground. Ajinkya Rahane had scored a century while Kohli made 87 off 66 balls. “It was a complete performance again. The partnership between Ajinkya and Shikhar was outstanding, and myself at the back end, with Yuvi, MS and Kedar chipping in,” said Kohli.

India started the defence of the 311-run target on a high with Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissing Kieran Powell for a duck and then following it up with the wicket of Jason Mohammed in the third over. West Indies never really got going after that and had seemingly given up on the chase even before they were halfway through the innings with the batsmen looking to preserve their wickets rather than score runs. Kuldeep Yadav picked three wickets in his first spell with the ball in Indian colours in ODI cricket. “Early wickets for Bhuvi, and really happy for Kuldeep as well, bowling for the first time and taking three wickets. The bench strength has always been right up there for us,” said the Indian skipper.

Kohli also commended Ajinkya Rahane for stepping in perfectly for Rohit Sharma. “Jinks couldn’t get a game in the Champions Trophy unfortunately, but shows his mental strength, steps in and scores runs,” said Kohli.

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  1. N
    Jun 26, 2017 at 8:46 am
    Kohlis arrogant ways and he enjoys support of some political cricket administrators support is dangerous to cricket.. how can Anuraq thakur singing for Kohli is surprising. Now only it is clear that why the guy Kohli speaks too much. If he wants enjoy life with his partner is his private business but if he has the at ude of student only can select the teacher policy is very disturbing. The way team behaved after losing ICC trophy itself speaks their illogical commitments. This is the time for us to see too much money collected for cricket damaging the individuals like gentleman Kumble.
    1. R
      Jun 26, 2017 at 1:03 pm
      very well apt. I really wish we dont give sooo much of importance to such pipsqueaks . We first take them to a crescendo and then realise they are just not worth it. Cricket has become such a mania that we have forgotton about other sports. Do we all even know the name of the capitan of the Indian hockey team? The selection of the indian team is marred with bias. Just because Kohli wants some of the seniors ( obviously for vested interest) , the youngsters are not getting an opportunity. Why dont we learn from Eion Morgan ( England capt), who opted to rest himself from the T20 match just to give the juniors a chance. There are umpteen examples from other countries except India. If Yuvraj and others have an self esteem, they should volountarily retire. Gosh the lust for money keeps lingering.Tuch tuch
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