New Indian Express – PUNE: Reflecting on India skipper Virat Kohlis unusual decision to bat first in the tied second one-dayer against the West Indies in Visakhapatnam, pace bowling great Ian Bishop said the ploy was to test his team with just a handful of ODIs to go before the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales.

Summary

  • PUNE: Reflecting on India skipper Virat Kohlis unusual decision to bat first in the tied second one-dayer against the West Indies in Visakhapatnam, pace bowling great Ian Bishop said the ploy was to test his team with just a handful of ODIs to go before the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales.
  • Bishop also conceded that the partnership between the Windies duo of Shiron Hetmyer and Shai Hope in the second ODI, that denied India an easy 2-0 lead in the five-match rubber, was inspired by the one between Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the first ODI.
  • His message is quite clear, and the West Indies guys were saying he is a great player, and if I want to be a great player too, this is what I have to do, he said.
  • Hope (123 not out off 134 balls) and Hetmyer (94 off 64) shared a brilliant 143-run fourth wicket stand to not only rebuild the West Indian innings but also bring the visitors within sniffing distance of the massive target of 322.
  • Eventually, the West Indians ended up on a morale-boosting 321, denying the hosts an opportunity to take a 2-0 lead.


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