While the hundred against West Indies on Sunday might not guarantee Ajinkya Rahane any permanency in the eleven, he has done enough to repay the selectors’ faith. Rahane ended up scoring the third century of his 75-match ODI career that stretches back six years now. Also Read - Pakistan Captain Babar Azam Talks About Comparison With Virat Kohli
“Rahane has been a part of the ODI set-up for a while and we all felt he had a great potential at the top of the order. He is always there as the third opening batsman. In this series, I think he has started taking a lot less pressure on himself and has begun enjoying his game more,” Kohli said. Also Read - Don’t Think Captaincy a Burden For Virat Kohli: Harbhajan Singh Feels Indian Skipper Leads From Front
“There are very few people who can perform two roles for the team. He can open and he can play in the middle-order. So, I see him providing more balance to us as a side, like we can take an extra bowling option when he is there,” he added. Also Read - Virat Kohli is The Greatest Batsman Ever: Dodda Ganesh on India Skipper's Comparison With Steve Smith
Kuldeep Yadav also played a very vital role in India’s win over Windies. His bowling spells ensured West Indies don’t go beyond their score of 205/6.
“I have faced him in the IPL. He’s quite amazing with what he does with the bowl and especially on dry wickets like it was today, he becomes even more lethal. Credit to him for putting up such a performance,” Kohli lauded Kuldeep’s performance.
Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets, Bhuvneshwar Kumar two and R Ashwin one. Rahane was announced to be the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 103 off 104 balls.