Although West Indies put up a hefty target of 316, the batsmen of Team India had their own prowess to successfully chase the run in yesterday’s victory at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. A huge credit goes to Ravindra Jadeja, who’s stormy 39 runs near the end of India’s innings helped the hosts secure a 4 wicket win. Along with appraisals from fans and media, the legendary Sourav Ganguly himself too it to social media to praise the all rounder.
The current president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Ganguly posted his priase for the squad members as they all contributed to seal the final victory of the series, which concluded a 2-1 victory for India.
The 47 year old wrote: “Another win @bcci …congratulations..good performances with the bat in a pressure game..jadeja s improvement with the bat so important …”
Jadeja’s blistering 39 runs came off just 31 balls, along with 4 boundaries. Speaking after the match, the 31 year old said:
“It was a very crucial innings as it came in a series-decider. The wicket was so good to bat on, we could just played with singles. We just needed to play according to the merit of the ball.”
The Chennai Super Kings star was not a regular squad member of India’s ODI matches this year, only featuring in 15 out of 28 games in 2019. However, the win has seemingly helped him gain his confidence back for the format.
“I needed to prove to myself that I am still capable of playing limited-overs cricket. I need not prove to anybody else in the world, just needed to prove to myself,” Jadeja added.
The Men in Blues opening duo Rohit Sharma and K L Rahul blasted off the start of their innings with 63 runs and 77 runs respectively. Skipper Virat Kohli made a blistering 85 off 81 with 9 fours.
Jadeja made his ODi debut in 2009 against Sri Lanka, and has earned 177 caps in the format.
With last night’s win, India has become the most successful ODI team of the last decade, with a win-loss ratio of 1.987 registering 157 victories out of 249 matches.
Ending the decade with a 2-1 series win over the Windies, Team India will be taking on Australia in their next ODI series in January.