Expectations Up from Indian Squad in Upcoming Tournaments against Kiwis Post Good Performance in West Indies

August 22 16:01 2016

indNew Delhi, Monday, August 22 – The team captained by Virat Kohli on the tour of West Indies did well in first two Test matches against Jason Holder’s men. The 3-match Test series is to end today. A draw is in picture in the final Test due to rain. Whatever be the outcome, the Indian side gained attention for their remarkable play. Winning on the foreign turf is always confidence boosting. The kind of show they presented vs. West Indies has certainly increased faith in the members who did their bit to help India be in the game all the time.

India have already sealed series and the triumph was zealously awaited and Indian team did not disappoint fans who knew how special each success is. For the reason that not so many cricketers, who were part of the squad that flew for West Indies, were experienced, it was certainly the self-belief that brought entire difference. Finding a spot in the team is an opportunity to use the platform well and shine. Without a doubt, Kohli guided his men perfectly despite the fact that the 2nd Test ended in a draw. They performed wonderfully in Test series as a unit. This wasn’t easy as it may sound, particularly when pressure is huge post landing in a foreign place.

The first Test was won by an innings and 92 runs. Exceptional show of Ravichandran Ashwin made the host bear the brunt, lending a hand to the visitors to gain ground. West Indies’ batting order succumbed easily to Indian bowling attack, shattering soaring hopes of home supporters who were all set to enjoy seeing Holder-led side on the winning side. And a defeat was adequate to teach the host a lesson. Kohli’s innings of 200 runs was enough to make things clear that he is the one player out of this world. But at the same time, experience of second Test at Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica made Indian not to count contender weak at all until the job is done. Post taking ability to rise better into account, a humongous win of 237 runs was logged by them on West Indies camp in the 3rd Test, which was a do-or- die for the hosts. They did well thanks to Ashwin and Saha’s timely hundreds. They made the world know what all can be done when it is a matter of performing beating all odds.

Not to forget that they shone when top and lower batting orders collapsed. The change in batting order did not work for Rohit Sharma in first innings. However, he scored beautifully in India’s second innings. West Indies captain Holder wanted his boys to do partnerships that was required to let home-side smell possibility of gaining ground in the 3rd Test, the decisive one. It was their poor show while batting second that made India feel getting close to the victory. Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed most of the West Indies players a way back to the pavilion, giving breakthrough to his team from time to time. After being back in business, it was necessary to win fourth Test match to go home with three wins in pocket. There remains weak chances of that as rain played spoilsport unexpectedly long this time.

Kohli, the 27 year old young man, must be proud of his teammates. A wide smile on the face of this young Delhi boy is sufficient to tell how far he has travelled as a cricketer. But yes, he yet needs to cover a long distance to be a captain with numbers of victories on his side. He definitely accomplished something what several other Indian captains couldn’t do while captaining in the past. The graph of hopes has gone up in future tournaments as well. In view of the fact that New Zealand are to tour India in September to contest in 3-match Test series and 5-match One Day International series, it is for sure that quite a lot of changes in the team will be done to give talented cricketers a chance much sought to showcase their talent.

The action between these two cricket playing nations will certainly be interesting enough to make viewers curious what’s going on and when. The series starts from September 22 and will come to an end on October 29. Green Park in Kanpur will host the first Test, Eden Gardens in Kolkata the second Test and Holkar Cricket Stadium the third Test match. More to the point, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam are the cricket stadiums to host 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th ODIs, respectively. Indians are not easy to get beaten in home conditions, if they be able to make best use of potential in them, staying focused and doing what they are supposed to do, Kiwis may feel the pressure. In spite of being under huge phase of transformation, India are able to smash in difficult situations when winning is important.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni may be there to attend to things in ODI matches, while Kohli is likely to look forward to lead Test team in a much better way than earlier. The latest victory of the Indian players over West Indies must have lent a hand to both experienced and inexperienced cricketers learn from their mistakes and grow. Skills gained during recently played Test series will highly be useful in future contests. Two types of captaincy in two different formats will be a treat to eyes for cricket fans. Dhoni’s decisions at decisive moments take everyone by surprise now and again but he makes sure India are at a strong side even though conditions aren’t favourable. As far as Kohli’s leading style is taken into consideration then he is the person who has improved with each match he played in the country and overseas. He has shown his capability to guide a unit. If deliver similar performances in the upcoming tournament against New Zealand, Kohli will carry on makes fans and experts appreciate about his leadership skills. Kiwis, on the other hand, are in South Africa. No wonder if they surprise there and in India with brilliance exhibition of excellence.

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