'Floater' Rahane can provide greater balance to ODI side, feels Kohli

'Floater' Rahane can provide greater balance to ODI side, feels Kohli

The gulf in quality between India and their hosts the West Indies was apparent as the tourists claimed a 105 run ODI victory in Trinidad. He prefers the opening slot but in the last 2 years or so, Dhawan and Rohit have been doing well for India at the top of the order and this is why Rahane has batted at many different positions in ODI cricket.

Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan come out to bat, as Alzarri Joseph gets the proceedings underway.

India's tour of the West Indies compromises of a five-match ODI series and a lone T20I.

"It becomes hard when he bowls cross-seam deliveries turning both ways", the India captain Virat Kohli said, after his side's 105-run victory in the second ODI in Trinidad.

West Indies and India are hoping to avoid a repeat of this scene from Friday's washed-out match at Queens Park Oval, but rain is again threatening.

Kuldeep made his debut in the first ODI but didn't get a chance to bowl as the match was abandoned.

The West Indies won the toss and put India in to put with openers Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan making them regret the decision. Both teams' mindset off the field must be rather similar.

It's partly because domestic first-class and one-day tournaments often clash with lucrative leagues such as the Big Bash and Indian Premier League.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/9) had a fine seam bowling spell as he rocked the West Indies run chase by grabbing the first two wickets by the third over.

"All depends on say guys like Hardik and Kedar, they haven't got much game time in the recent past, so the more games they get under their belt and more experience they get, they are consistently striking every game, then as a middle order group, you can start going early", Kohli noted.

"Cricket West Indies remains focused on its role to facilitate player development through its competitions and other support services".

Jadeja still remains the country's premier left-arm spinner but the West Indies series is an ideal platform to test youngsters.

Dhawan was then joined by captain Virat Kohil and looked certain to complete an 11th ODI hundred only to fall leg-before to Devendra Bishoo 13 runs short of the landmark. A series win against India is a must as they aim to climb the rankings and get direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

Shai Hope sweeps during his 81 against India at Queen's Park Oval.