Kochi: With their star batsman Chris Gayle ruled out of the ongoing ODI series against India after sustaining a hamstring tear on his left leg, West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo said it was the "worst" thing to have happened to them on the current tour.
As Gayle made a desperate dive to save himself from a run out chance in the first ODI here on Thursday, he suffered an injury and had to be carried out of the ground in a stretcher. He was subsequently ruled out of the remainder of the three-match series. (Match highlights)
"Losing Chris (Gayle) is the worst to happen to us on the tour. He is our best player. He is no longer available for the series and that is a big blow for us. Psychologically, also it is not good for us. Before we landed in India, we lost Kieron Pollard and now we lost Chris and they are two of our best players," Bravo said at the post-match press conference. (Match in pics)
Virat Kohli (84) and Rohit Sharma (72) hit sparkling half-centuries after spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja (3/37) and Suresh Raina (3/34) shone with the ball to thrash the visitors by six wickets at the Nehru Stadium.
Asked to bowl, spinners Jadeja and Raina exploited the low and slow conditions effectively to bundle out West Indies for a meagre 211 in 48.5 overs, and Bravo admitted that the score was not good enough to defend. (Also read: Honoured to equal Viv Richards' feat, says Kohli)
"The pitch is the same for both the teams. I think we lost the momentum. The India bowlers are good and they have applied themselves well. 211 was not a good enough total for a team to win a ODI. Our batters did not perform to our expectations. We have to work on our batting," the West Indies skipper said.