After winning the fourth-ODI in Mumbai, the Indian team is all set to clinch the series in the final match of the five-match ODI series against West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram. The Men in Blue are 2-1 up in the series with the final match to be played on Thursday. The team were welcomed graciously in Kerala for the series decider and skipper Virat Kohli was extremely happy with their great hospitality.
Kerala was viciously attacked by floods in August and a lot of damage was done by the natural disaster during that time. A number of people died and lost their homes in that time, but the South Indian State has now recovered from it and is all set to host the ODI.
Virat Kohli wrote a letter in which he expressed his happiness to be back in Kerala and their recovery in a short time after such large-scale damage. He wrote, "Being in Kerala is nothing short of bliss. I love coming here and love the energy of the whole place. The beauty of Kerala is something to be experienced and I would recommend to everyone that they come here and experience the energy of God’s Own Country. Kerala is surely back to its feet and absolutely safe to come to. Thanks to this amazing place for making me feel happy every time I am here."
Thank you Virat, @imVkohli for the nice words you have shared. We are delighted to know that #Kerala makes you happy every time you are here. Enjoy your stay here & have a great game tomorrow. Wishes!#KeralaTourism #IndiaVsWestIndies pic.twitter.com/MBgpxZXK0u— Kadakampally Surendran (@kadakampalli) October 31, 2018
The last ODI played here was also between the two teams and was won by the visiting side, then an eminent force in world cricket. Jason Holder's men will look to seek inspiration from their illustrious predecessors in a bid to level the series.
With the series being the first in the run-up to the 50-overs World Cup in England in June next year, the two sides are more or less aiming to zero in on their combinations for the showpiece.