India eye 5-0 whitewash against England in Kolkata
Kolkata: High on confidence, a dominant India will push for a 5-0 clean sweep when they lock horns with a hapless England in the fifth and final cricket one-dayer at the Eden Gardens.
A disciplined show in all the departments has been the highlight of India`s 4-0 triumph so far and Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s men would look to continue their dominant show tomorrow in what has been billed as the `payback series`.
"We will try to go for 5-0. If we play good cricket, things will go our way but again the important thing is to do our best," Dhoni said after India thrashed England by six-wickets to go 4-0 up in the series.
Right from batting to bowling and fielding, India have shown near-perfection something that unmistakably favours towards a 5-0 whitewash and the setting would just be ideal for a Diwali eve celebration.
While India shone bright, the Englishmen, on the other hand, have failed to show the right body language throughout the series for a meek surrender on Indian soil.
It was in sharp contrast of their show in England where they had vanquished India in the same manner in both Test and one-day cricket.
No doubt there has been the huge advantage of the home condition but coach Duncan Fletcher, having tasted defeat in England, would definitely be pleased that the youngsters have shown tremendous character in the series so far.
Be it Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane or Jharkhand pacer Varun Aaron who had a splendid debut last night, the youngsters have shown hunger and equal finesse while the seniors, in absence of several key players of the World Cup winning side, have backed themselves well.
As India have dished out a dominating show so far, England had come close to winning in Mohali posting a challenging target of 299.
But the 21-year-old Rahane, the lone Mumbai face in the Indian line-up, grabbed the opportunity with both hands for a match-winning 91 that earned him the Man of the Match award.
While he set the platform for the tall chase, Gautam Gambhir provided the key support and Dhoni steered the team home to clinch the series after winning the third one-day in Mohali.
Last night in Mumbai, India had another stupendous performance from a rookie Aaron, dubbed as India`s fastest bowler after clocking 150-plus in a domestic match.
It was a perfect debut for the bowler who thrives on sheer pace and bounce as he wiped out the English tail with a splendid 3/24 from 6.1 overs at the Wankhede stadium.
He generated enough bounce, pace and was good in reverse swing as all his three dismissals came by clean bowling the batsmen.
Aaron was not short on pace either as he consistently notched 140kph mark providing the sting to the newlook Indian pace attack in absence of Zaheer Khan.
Dhoni was all praise for the young bowler.
"He bowled a bit quicker than some of the other Indians. He was consistently around the 140 mark. It`s good to see some of the younger fast bowlers coming in and putting in a bit of effort and bowling at more than 135 kms per hour," Dhoni said.
Pace spearhead Praveen Kumar and R Vinay Kumar have done the task well as India have not looked short of ammunition in the pace line-up as the duo have stuck to discipline without doing anything extravagant.