All-rounder Marlon Samuels, who smashed a match-winning century against India in the first ODI, said a chat with legendary Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards a day before the match gave him confidence and helped him to score his career-best equalling unbeaten 126-run knock here.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday rued his team's batting failure on a good wicket to lose the first one-dayer against the West Indies by 124 runs here but said that the visiting side were a tough team to beat.
West Indies put behind an acrimonious pay dispute with their Board to spank number one ranked India by a huge margin of 124 runs in the first one-dayer to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series here on Wednesday.
A cloud of doubt hung over the series between India and the West Indies after the visiting team threatened to go on strike over an acrimonious pay dispute, which has prompted the aggrieved players to take "appropriate action" if needed.
The West Indies cricket team on Tuesday skipped its final pre-match practice session and the press conference that was to follow, creating quite a stir ahead of the first One-day International against India here on Wednesday.
India will seek to reaffirm their supremacy in the shorter version of the game as they go into a five-match ODI series against an under-strength West Indies here on Wednesday with the prime focus of preparing for the upcoming cricket World Cup.
Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin saved the West Indies from a humiliating defeat and engineered a three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international at the National Stadium in Grenada.
West Indies and Bangladesh commence a three-match One-Day International series at the Queen`s Park Stadium in Grenada on Wednesday with the home side heavily favoured to extend the tourists` miserable record in 2014.
Opener Michael Lumb top-scored with a fluent 106 on his debut but was unable to prevent England from slipping to a 15-run defeat by West Indies in the first one-day international (ODI) in North Sound, Antigua on Friday.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said his team`s failure to build partnerships after losing early wicket was the cause of the defeat against New Zealand in the first one-dayer and asked his batsmen to step-up with more consistent performances.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum today termed his team`s victory in the first ODI against world No. 1 team, India as "huge" and said the fact that the Kiwis came out on top despite Virat Kohli`s century is a good sign.
Hailed as `the next big thing in Indian cricket`, stylish Indian right-hander Virat Kohli has made it a habit to break new records with every new series. His ton in the first ODI against New Zealand was again a testament of the fact that he is likely to become one of the greatest batsman the game has ever seen.
In-form Pakistani batsman and Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has said that Pakistan`s first-ever win in South Africa raised the confidence of the team which helped them beat Sri Lanka in the ongoing five-match series.