India completed a hard-fought series victory against West Indies on Wednesday with a six-wicket win in the third and final One-Day International in Trinidad. It was an important result for Virat Kohli and his men as they rebuild after the disappointment of the World Cup last month.
There were a fair few unanswered questions facing the men in blue after the World Cup in England. They’d had a good run in the tournament, finishing on top at the end of the league stage, but the semi-final loss to New Zealand exposed the chinks in the Indian team’s armour.
The three-match ODI series in West Indies was a good opportunity for India to get back to winning ways and begin their four-year cycle until the next World Cup on a positive note. And, as far as the results were concerned, they did just that by putting in disciplined performances and closing out the series 2-0.
Although the first ODI in Guyana got washed out, the remaining two matches allowed India to incorporate changes in their playing XI and test the plans they have in mind going forward.
While Kohli’s back-to-back centuries and Shreyas Iyer’s form in the middle order were undoubtedly the biggest positives, there were a few other interesting talking points from India’s performance in the two ODIs.
The mystery of KL Rahul
He had a phenomenal Indian Premier League season, finishing as the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament, and followed that up with a decent outing at the World Cup as well but KL Rahul still found himself warming the bench during the ODIs in West Indies (and two T20Is).