India does the job in their 1000th ODI; beats West Indies by six wickets

India showed today that there is a vast difference between the team that played the first ODI in 1974 and today. Same holds for the West Indies as well.

It was a milestone for Indian cricket today as the team went on to the pitch to play their 1000th ODI but those who desired a more exciting match befitting the occasion were sorely disappointed. India showed today that there is a vast difference between the team that played the first ODI in 1974 and today. Same holds for the West Indies as well.

The Windies team of the 70’s were one of the most fearsome and dominant units in cricket history. The team of 2022 doesn’t look half as fearsome and the dominance has long gone, limited to the pages of history.

India won the match in the first innings itself when they dismissed this Windies team for a paltry 176. Wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal emerged as the pick among the bowlers as he took 4 wickets for 49 runs which included important wickets such as of Nicholas Pooran and captain Kieran Pollard. He was ably assisted by all rounder Washington Sundar and pace bowler Prasidh Krishna who took three and two wickets each. Mohammad Siraj took the first wicket as he bowled out Shai Hope during the third over.

Jason Holder provided some resistance with his knock of 57. He, along with Fabian Allen extended the life of their team’s innings. Prasidh Krishna brought an end to this resistance. Ultimately, the innings ended at 176 with Alzarri Joseph’s wicket with Surya Kumar Yadav taking the catch.

India’s innings started off at a brisk pace. Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan did not leave any doubt about what the result was going to be. New ODI captain Sharma may have missed the entire tour to South Africa but today, he looked absolutely fluent as he scored 60. Kishan provided able support to his captain with a handy 28 off 36 balls. Pace bowler Alzarri Joseph struck for the Windies as he took Rohit Sharma’s wicket. Former captain Virat Kohli started off briskly with two fours but Joseph bounced him out and took his wicket too.

Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant had a great start to his innings but was unfortunately dismissed. A straight drive from Surya Kumar Yadav led to the ball touching Joseph’s legs and hitting the wickets on the other side. Pant, unfortunately, was out of his crease. Prior to this, Kishan was dismissed by left arm orthodox spinner Akeal Hossain as his sweep shot led the ball directly into the hands of Kemar Roach. Debutante Deepak Hooda and Yadav, then, steadily chased down the target with a 62 run partnership. The innings ended when Yadav sliced Allen through backward point for four, with the Indian team chasing down the target within 28 overs.

The 1000th ODI brought forth a new era as Rohit Sharma led the team for the first time in this format with players like Kishan, Hooda, Yadav, Sundar being in the first XI. India has come a long way in this format since their first ODI, as has the Windies since then. This match won’t be remembered much but it does signify something bigger and that is the evolution of Indian cricket.

 

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