India had to win the 5th and final ODI against the West Indians to go 3-1 up and clinch the series and that is exactly what they did as both bowlers and batsmen came good to give Virat Kohli yet another series win. Kohli was under pressure after rumors surfaced that the BCCI gave into his demands and allowed head coach Anil Kumble to move on after giving the captain notice that he had to deliver.
Kohli Under Pressure
Under Kumble’s 12 month tenure the Indian team had done exceptionally well but the captain and coach were unable to get along, resulting in Kumble’s resignation. There are some who believe that the off the field drama had affected Kohli as he failed in four innings and came into the 5th ODI under pressure. The West Indians batted first after winning the toss and could only manage to score 205 as they found it difficult to break the shackles that the Indian spinners put them in.
However it was the quicks that ran through the West Indians taking 8 wickets between them. India started poorly losing S Dhawan for 4 but once again Ajinkya Rahane steadied the ship with Kohli. Rahane was dismissed on 39 but by then Kohli was set and he led India to victory with his 28th ODI century. He received good support at the other end by D Karthik who scored an unbeaten half century. The Indians chased down the target with 13.1 overs to spare and only lost 2 wickets in the process.
Rahane Finally Delivers
A Rahane was the man of the series for his consistent performances with the bat scoring 336 runs in the 5 match series. Rahane has had chances at the top of the order before but this is the first time where he has taken full advantage and won a man of the series award.
In a statement, Rahane said “I really wanted to make it count. I wanted to enjoy my batting. Even in the Champions Trophy I was batting very well in the nets, and I really wanted to make it count here. This wicket was slightly better than the last two venues. The ball was coming nicely on to the bat – this was the best wicket to bat on. One-day cricket is all about expressing yourself, and converting starts into a big one. Even in the future I want to enjoy myself and score some big ones.”