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Men in Blue the first team to 1000-ODI milestone

While England were the first team to 50 one day internationals, Australia became the first side to 100 ODIs and Pakistan became the first one to 500 one day internationals.

Trailblazer

India became the first ever international cricket team to play a 1000 one day internationals in the first ODI of the 3-match series between India and West Indies played at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad.

It was a perfect match for India as Yuzvendra Chahal was among the wickets and took 4 scalps from 9.5 overs at an economy rate of 5.00. Washington Sundar and Prasidh Krishna also shared 5 wickets between them.

As a result, West Indies were bowled out within 43.5 overs for just 176 runs. Only one batter, Jason Holder scored a half century for them.

Rohit elated

This is what Indian captain Rohit Sharma had to say after India’s victory by 6 wickets:

“I don’t believe in a perfect game. You cannot be perfect. We want to keep getting better. All in all a great effort from everyone. We ticked all boxes. Pretty happy with that. With that bat we could’ve finished with not so many wickets, that is one. Could also have created pressure on their lower order. Don’t want to take any credit away. The way we bowled upfront and then towards the back end was good to see. We want to keep getting better as a team. The end goal is we should be able to achieve what the team wants. If the team requires us to do something different, have to do it. Don’t think we have to change a lot.”

“All I ask from players is to keep challenging themselves. I’ve been off for a while, haven’t played for two months but I was back home hitting the balls. Knew there was a long season ahead. Had a good net session here. I was confident going into this game. Can take a lot of positives from this game. The pitch had something in it. There was softness in the pitch early on. In this particular game the toss became important. But honestly want to take the toss away from the play, don’t want to depend on it a lot. But if you do, you have to take advantage.”

It was a bonus that India went on to win their 1000th one day international. However, due to no fans in the stands, owing to COVID-19, there were no bells and whistles to celebrate the occasion.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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