India vs West Indies: Khaleel Ahmed ‘extremely excited’ to represent the country

Ekana International Cricket Stadium

Ekana International Cricket Stadium

Rohit, who made batting lovely with his immaculate timing and placement, picked the ball early and swung his bat to beat the big boundaries for some crisp fours and incredible sixes. One of the finds for India this series has been Khaleel Ahmed who yet again shone with returns of 2/30 in his four overs.

"Those celebrations come because I am extremely excited as I am representing my country", he said. "I think 120-plus partnership between us was very crucial", the captain said.

Khaleel pegged the West Indies back with two early wickets and according to India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma it was the 20-year-old who insisted on bowling with the new ball along with seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar.The bowler from Tonk, Rajasthan dismissed both the openers - Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer - to unsettle the West Indies chase."I had more responsibility today as I was bowling with the new ball".

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav soon joined forces to take two quick wickets and paceman Jasprit Bumrah got the big-hitting Kieron Pollard caught and bowled as West indies slipped to 68-5. "I am working on my bowling arm as well as on my non bowling arm with Bharat sir in the practice sessions", he said. It's only helping the team when someone like Khaleel bowls in such a manner.

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He and Shikhar Dhawan posted 123 runs for opening wicket to provide a ideal platform after West Indies started off promisingly with paceman Oshane Thomas bowling a maiden Dhawan got to a somewhat sedate 43 (41b, 4x3) before being caught by Nicholas Pooran off the bowling of Allen at long-leg, but there was no respite for the visitors thereafter as the Indians pressed on the gas pedal to dictate terms.

His skipper also spoke about how it took some time to figure out the 22-yard strip. But just when Dhawan was looking good for a half century, Nicholas Pooran took a fine catch at the long leg boundary off Fabian Allen to get rid of the southpaw. We took the time initially and when he gets going it's not easy. The partnership at the top was very important.

"Wonderful stadium. One of the best stadiums we've played at, the way the crowd supported, hope to get the same support in future".

The legend of Rohit in white ball format continued to grow exponentially as his unbeaten 111 off 61 balls helped India score 195 for 2 after being put into bat. It's hard to choose the flawless batting pair but we're trying. "Hopefully in the third game, we'll put up a better performance", said the Windies skipper.

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