Start-stop matches are the "worst" thing in cricket and can lead to injuries, a frustrated India skipper Virat Kohli said after their series-opener against the West Indies was washed out on Thursday. The series-opener was first reduced to 43-over-a-side and then 34-over-a-side but was eventually abandoned after a second rain interruption.
West Indies scored 54 for one in 13 overs before the match was called off.
"It's probably the worst thing in cricket, the start-stop game. The more stops you have, the more you have to be careful about injuries on the field. Some of the pitches can really test you," Kohli said after the match was called off.
Asked about the challenges of playing in the Caribbean, Kohli said while "some pitches offer good pace and bounce, others could be on the slower side". "So you have to assess them and play accordingly," the Indian captain said.
Rains once again returned to haunt the Men in Blue, leading to the first ODI being called off. The wrath of the rains was felt by India during the World Cup semi-finals against New Zealand when play was pushed to the reserve day and ultimately destroyed India's chances of beating the Kiwis to go on to the finals of the tournament.
Opener Evin Lewis and Shai Hope were batting on 40 and 6 respectively when the match was called off after Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and asked the West Indies to bat.
The other opener Chris Gayle was out in the 11th over after scoring 4 off 31 deliveries in an agonizingly slow knock. He had come into the match 12 runs short of Brian Lara's 10,405 ODI runs, the most by a West Indies batsman.
The match was already reduced to 43-over-a side even before a ball being bowled as the wet outfield due to rains had forced the toss to be delayed. The match began two hours later than the original 7 pm IST start.
West Indies made a quiet start with Bhubaneswar Kumar and Mohammed Shami exploiting the conditions well to tie down Gayle and Lewis before the first rain interruption.
India did not take the DRS when Lewis looked plumbed in front of the wicket in the fourth over off the bowling of Mohammed Shami. Replays showed the ball would have gone on to hit the leg stump but India did not opt for a review. Lewis was on 1 then.
The home side had scored 9 for no loss in 5.4 overs at the first rain break and the match was about to be resumed 30 minutes later but the wet area near the bowlers' run-up led to another delay of more than half an hour.
The second One-day International will be played in Port of Spain on Sunday. India had won the Twenty20 series 3-0 prior to the three-match ODI rubber.
(With PTI inputs)