Home > Features >

Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli’s fortunes in 3rd ODI against England reveal cricket’s funny side

While Suresh Raina (left) followed up his ton with a sound 42, Virat Kohli was searching for the impetus to get back to form at Trent Bridge  © Getty Images
While Suresh Raina (left) followed up his ton with a sound 42, Virat Kohli was searching for the impetus to get back to form at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

Indian batsmen Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli registered almost identical scores in the third One-Day International (ODI) versus England as Team India produced a clinical performance to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Devarchit Varma explores the funny side of cricket and how similar scores by two individuals can be defined differently.

It was a modest chase for the Indian team. With the wicket at Trent Bridge in Nottingham favouring the Indian team more than the tourists, there wasn’t enough chance for England to come back in the game after they folded for paltry 227. The Indian batsmen began on a confident note and thwarted the England pacers’ attempts to get early breakthroughs. Having got their eyes in, the Indians then batted comfortably to take their side to a comfortable win. Ambati Rayudu was indeed very impressive with his unbeaten 64, while contributions from Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane — who was promoted to open the innings — would have delighted the Indian contingent. Raina was coming off a fine century in the previous game, whereas Rahane has been among runs this tour.

Keeping all this aside, there was one innings that would certainly have brought the smiles back to the faces of Virat Kohli‘s supporters. The right-handed batsman, who has had an atrocious outing in England so far, looked extremely confident and determined as he scored a fluent 40. Uncharacteristically, Kohli wasn’t his usual aggressive self as he has been in 50-overs cricket and hit only two fours and a six during his stay at the crease. His innings was indeed a fighting knock, but there is a little more to it.

Raina scored run-a-ball 42. Kohli faced 50 balls and scored 40 runs. Looking at the numbers, they are rather alike. And yet, years down the line if someone opens the scorecard of the match they wouldn’t be told the actual story. While one batsman — Raina — was brimming with lot of positivity, not carrying the burden of the loss in the Test series, on the other side is a batsman who has looked completely out of sorts and has struggled for runs which used to come so easily at one time. Raina and Kohli got near-identical scores, but the build-up they had for this particular match could not have been more different. Raina joined the side and started the ODI series with a mission to ‘get back the smile on his team’s face,’ whereas Kohli started it with the primary mission of sorting his form out, and getting that smile back on his face first. How funny cricket can be!

Nevertheless, India put in a clinical performance at Trent Bridge in the third ODI. The Indian team pulled things back after England started off strongly on the back of a solid opening stand between Alex Hales and Alastair Cook, and did not let go the momentum. India were dynamic and expressive, and played with lot of freedom as compared to the English players, who seem to get haunted every time a pitch starts assisting spinners and there are close fielders. India’s lead in the five-match ODI series of 2-0 has put them in a position from where they can either win the series or draw it, as the scenario of a series loss is now out of the equation.

Team India deserves all the praise that is coming their way. They have quickly put behind the disappointment of the Test series and having bounced back in the ODIs in such an emphatic manner. What this proves is that India enjoy the 50-over format, and can get the better of virtually any other international side on their day. The fielding was top-notch, as was the bowling, especially by the spinners. This facet of India has resulted in a lot of their famous wins, and will continue to help them in times to come.

Complete coverage of India’s tour of England 2014

(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Dhaka


South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs


India vs West Indies 4th ODI at Dharamsala


AB de Villiers speaks ahead of New Zealand ODIs

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: 5 memorable matches

Yasir Shah: The new spinning sensation for Pakistan

Virat Kohli takes wicket with the first (0th?) ball of his T20I career

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography — a litany of complaints with a few redeeming patches

Banning West Indian players in IPL can affect the ‘Brand value’ of the event – Will BCCI take this gamble?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 India India vs West Indies India vs West Indies 2014 New Zealand Pakistan Salaam Cricket South Africa West Indies West Indies cancel India tour 2014 West Indies tour of India 2014 West Indies vs India West Indies vs India 2014

Duleep Trophy 2014 Semifinal, East Zone vs South Zone: Laxmi Ratan Shukla feels Lahli pitch will suit East Zone pacers

Harbhajan Singh to miss Duleep semi-final against Central Zone,Gautam Gambhir to captain North Zone

Duleep Trophy semi-final: Upbeat East Zone take on South Zone

Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test in Dubai Preview: Motivated Pakistan look to hurt rusty Australia

Pakistan vs Australia 2014, 1st Test: Michael Clarke, Misbah-ul-Haq ready for spin challenge

Pakistan’s chances in ICC World Cup 2015 bleak: Mohammad Zahid

Quinton de Kock equals wicketkeeping record with six catches in South Africa vs New Zealand 1st ODI

MS Dhoni rested, Virat Kohli as captain, and other points of interest from squad for first 3 India vs Sri Lanka ODIs

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: MS Dhoni gets much-needed break ahead of Australia tour

Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 20 ODI hundreds

Fan of the Day

Gautam Singh

Gautam Singh

474 Posts | 5 Fans

Video Highlights Mohammed Yousuf drops catch after watching a girl in bikini

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here