Friday, February 16, 2018

SA series win shows that India are truly No 1 in ODIs

Virat Kohli  team became the first from India to win a series on South African soil, taking the top spot in the ICC ODI Championship from the hosts with commanding wins: by six wickets, nine wickets, 124 runs and 73 runs. In his column for TOI, Srikkanth applauded the team's effort and hoped they rounded out the series on Friday with another commanding win.

"Winning a bilateral series for the first time in South Africa is no easy feat. India is only the second team (Australia, twice) to beat the African nation in a five-match ODI series in their own den. This stat alone should put things in perspective. They are not an easy team to beat at home and full credit to the Indian team for coming back strongly after that rare defeat at the Wanderers," wrote the 58-year-old.

"A good last game and success in the T20 series to follow, will rightly perch the Indian team right at the top in terms of confidence for the tougher assignments in future and the World Cup in particular. This result has proved beyond doubt that India has all the ammunition to be successful in all conditions in this format. I am sure this is the start of many good things to come for this confident, young and fit Indian side.


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