India look to extend domination over Windies in ODIs
Kochi: After demolishing the West Indies in Sachin Tendulkar's emotionally draining farewell Test series, the Indian cricket team will look to extend its supremacy in the ODIs as well when the two sides face off in a three-match series starting here on Thursday.
The 2-0 whitewash against the Caribbean outfit was the perfect send off for the legendary Tendulkar, who called it quits after serving Indian cricket for nearly a quarter of a century.
The emotional curtain call left everyone, including the man of the moment, in tears even taking the focus away from the cricket that was played.
The epic farewell is now behind them and the Indians would try and ensure that it is just cricket that is talked about now.
The home side already deserves credit for keeping itself focussed on the game in the Tests despite the frenzy surrounding Tendulkar's retirement.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men were clinical, to say the least, in the way they went about their business in the Test series, taking full advantage of the West Indians' shabby show to wrap up two Tests in a matter of five days.
The Indians start firm favourites in the shorter format too with a batting line-up, which is in intimidatingly good form.
Combining Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dahawn in the opening slots has proved to be a masterstroke so far with both scoring heavily in India's last ODI assignment — the seven-match series against Australia.
In fact, Rohit joined the all-Indian club of ODI double-centurions in the last match of that series, smashing a 158-ball 209, which included a record 16 sixes.