The first ODI between India and West Indies began the new era of Indian cricket as it was Rohit Sharma‘s first match as the full-time ODI skipper. Rohit was appointed as the full-time white-ball captain by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), replacing Virat Kohli.
There were a lot of eagerness amongst the fans how Rohit and Kohli would play amid the change in leadership, especially considering the rumours and reports of a rift between the two superstars. However, both Rohit and Kohli proved there is nothing between the two after they gave a glimpse of utmost bonding.
It all happened when Kohli assisted Rohit while taking a DRS (Decision Review System). The incident happened during the 21st over of West indies’ innings when Yuzvendra Chahal‘s appeal for a caught behind was refused by the on-field umpire.
Rohit asked wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, but the latter was unsure about the edge. That’s when ex-captain Kohli came in and convinced Rohit to take the review. Rohit trusted the senior lad, and the judgement turned out to be right as Shamarh Brookes had edged the ball and was eventually given out.
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Spinners shine as India beat West Indies by six wickets
After electing to field first, Indian bowlers dominated the proceedings and bundled out West Indies for 176 in 43.5 overs. All-rounder Jason Holder top-scored with 57 off 71 deliveries, including four sixes.
For the hosts, Chahal shined with the ball, taking a four-fer while conceding 49 runs in 9.5 overs. Apart from Chahal, Washington Sundar bagged three wickets for 30 runs in nine overs.
In reply, India chased down the target in 28 overs with six wickets in hand. Skipper Rohit led from the front, scoring 60 off 51 balls with the help of 10 fours and a six. Suryakumar Yadav (34 no) and Deepak Hooda (26 no) stayed unbeaten to take their side home.