Key learnings for India post ODI series win

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15 Aug 2019

Lessons for India post ODI series win against West Indies

The Indian cricket team earned a resounding ODI series victory against West Indies after beating them by a 2-0 margin.

India rode on twin tons by Virat Kohli and a valiant display by Shreyas Iyer to come out strongly against the hosts.

The bowlers did an able job.

Here we analyze the key lessons for India after the win.

Lesson 1

Kohli is India's main fulcrum in this ODI side

Kohli is India's main fulcrum in this ODI side

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is still the main focal point of this Indian cricket team in ODIs.

He is the best bet in terms of scoring runs.

Kohli has kept the flag flying high in ODIs since the last few years and 2019 has been no different.

India win most of their matches when Kohli gets the runs.

He is the sheer match-winner.

Lesson 2

India need to nurture someone like Iyer

The Indian selectors and management should back Shreyas Iyer.

He looks solid and mature. He is someone who is ready to be the ideal number four.

India's number four position in batting has bothered the side for a few years now after all the chopping and changes.

The 24-year-old also has time by his side. Therefore, he should be backed to shine.

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Lesson 3

Impatient Pant needs solid guidance

Impatient Pant needs solid guidance

Rishabh Pant lacks the cutting edge and is inconsistent as well.

He should be used at number six or seven in the batting department.

India can benefit from having both Pant and Hardik Pandya to accelerate.

Pant is not an ideal number four.

One needs more clarity and class in that crucial position.

Also, Pant cannot afford to let chances go by.

Lesson 4

Khaleel Ahmed a rising talent for India to nurture

21-year-old left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed is someone the side will need to handle properly.

He is an asset with his wicket-taking prowess.

Khaleel has come a long way since the first time he made an entry to the side.

He brings in that extra bit with India's bowling force comprising of right-arm pacers.

India will be happy to have someone promising.

Lesson 5

India's depth in bowling a real treat

India's depth in bowling a real treat

India's overall depth in bowling, both in pace and spin, is remarkable.

The bowling is what can be India's driving force in the build-up to the 2023 World Cup.

The quartet of bowlers did well in the 2019 World Cup as well.

Kohli has handled the bowlers well and everyone knows what's expected out of them.

India will build on this positive lesson.

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