As Hardik Pandya came out at the toss for the second ODI against West Indies in Barbados, there was anticipation in the air. The stand-in captain then clarified that indeed Rohit Sharma was not playing along with Virat Kohli. India managed to clinch the first match after facing a few challenges. Ishan Kishan performed exceptionally well with the bat to help India chase down a total of 114. The visitors would be keen to clinch the series with a second consecutive win.
India stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya said during the time of toss, “We were looking to bat first. We want to see how much we can score on this pitch which is a bit up and down. Rohit and Virat have been playing constant cricket, so they are resting in this game. They can be fresh for the third ODI. I think when you get someone out for 115, it’s a good sign. Our catching was impressive, but we can improve in certain areas. Sanju and Axar come in for Rohit and Virat.”
Former India opener Wasim Jaffer gave a funny twist to the duo not playing. “Rohit and Virat watching from the dressing room. #WIvIND” he posted with a picture if Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan from the movie ‘Pathaan’.
WI Skipper Shai Hope said during the time of toss, “We are going to bowl first, we saw what happened in the last game. The conditions will assist the bowlers. We got two games to play, so we got to win this one to stay alive. It has been a bit unpredictable. Both teams have to play on the same surface. We got to bowl first and put them under pressure. Powell, Drakes is out, Alzarri and Keacy are in.”
With ANI inputs
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