Rahane was solid and productive, opening the innings for India in the absence of Rohit Sharma, and with Shikhar Dhawan continuing his explosive ways at the other end, India had a great start after being put into bat in a match that was reduced to 43 overs a side due to a two-hour rain-delayed start. "Jinks is always in there for us as the third opener, and having got the opportunity in this series he has batted really well".
The 35-year-old left-hander has made just one fifty-plus score in his last 7 matches and with the likes of Rishabh Pant and others waiting in the wings, it remains to be seen for how long the team management continues to persist with him in the middle order.
Kuldeep Yadav in his 3/50 on Sunday picked up West Indies opener Shai Hope (81) and middle order batsmen Evin Lewis (21) and Jason Holder (29). "In the future, we see him providing more balance to us as a side in terms of taking an extra bowling option maybe". So he is quite wonderful with what he does with the ball and I've faced him in the IPL as well, it's not easy to get away when he is bowling, especially if the wicket is dry like it was today, he becomes even more lethal. He's quite incredible with what he does with the bowl and especially on dry wickets like this, he becomes even more lethal. "Credit to him for putting in a performance like that in his first bowling performance in ODIs", he added. BCCI had posted a picture on Twitter a few days ago of Dwayne and Darren Bravo visiting the Indian team's practice ahead of the first ODI against the West Indies in Trinidad. He started his boundary glut with consecutive fours off the leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, and then when Rahane fell after completing his third ODI century, it was the Kohli show all the way. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed two wickets, Chinaman spinner Kuldeep bamboozled three West Indies batsman.
Rahane's innings occupied 104 deliveries and was embellished by two sixes and 10 fours. But the resolve and self-belief skipper Virat Kohli seems to be have is helping the team stay calm.
In reply, West Indies failed to counter the bowling attack and were restricted to 205-6 in the allotted overs, thus handing a 105-run win to India.