It's Bubbly Time For Team India
England beat India by 41 runs to win the fifth and final one-day international at Headingley on Friday. But world champions India still won the series 3-1.
England beat India by 41 runs to win the fifth and final one-day international at Headingley on Friday. But world champions India still won the series 3-1. (All AFP and AP images)
India recorded their first ODI series win in England in 24 years.
Ambati Rayudu recorded back-to-back fifties for the first time in ODIs - 64 not out at Nottingham and 53 at Leeds. Rayudu's second fifty vs England is his fourth in ODIs.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has managed 430 runs at an average of 35.83 in twelve innings in international cricket in the present tour. Dhoni is the only Indian batsman to record five fifties in the present tour.
Suresh Raina extensively worked hard on tackling short pitch deliveries in the hockey turf at Guru Govind Singh Sports College in Lucknow. His century in the second ODI helped India regain their confidence after successive defeats in Tests against England.
Suresh Raina was adjudged the Player of the Series. He scored 160 runs at an average of 53.33 and picked up four wickets at 29.25 runs apiece.
Dhoni said his side's pacemen would need to hone their skills bowling in the 'slog-overs' if the world champions were to defend their title in Australia and New Zealand early next year.
The Team India skipper was however pleased with the batting and said the line-up looked settled with just over five months left for the World Cup. Dhoni said barring injuries, at least 12 players in the squad selected themselves for the showpiece event.
England captain Alastair Cook admitted his side had more "questions than answers" confronting them after a 3-1 ODI series defeat by India.