Shot Selection Not Up To The Mark from pinkpink's blog

After India failed to chase down West Indies' paltry total of 189 in the fourth ODI on Sunday, India captain Virat Kohli blamed his batsmen's shot selection for the shock 11-run loss. India leads 2-1 in the series and the fifth and final ODI at Kingston on Thursday will be crucial for the visitors to claim a series win. "Our shot selection wasn't up to the mark. We lost crucial wickets at crucial stages. You have got to keep up the momentum Avalanche Youth Jersey through the game," said Kohli after the match. "Credit to the West Indies bowlers. They created those dot balls that induced those mistakes. It felt a bit two-paced. Apart from that I don't think there was anything else in the pitch," Kohli added. Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 54 off 114 balls, the second slowest half-century overall by an Indian in ODI history. He was dismissed in the dying stages of the match with the visitors needing 14 to win in the last over. Ajinkya Rahane (60) top-scored for India but apart from him and Dhoni, there was no real resistance from the middle-order that saw the visitors falling 11 short of their target. Former Indian team director Ravi Shastri has formally applied for the position of India's head coach on Monday. According to NDTV sources, Sachin Tendulkar had requested Shastri to apply for the top job. NDTV has also learnt that the Indian cricket team wants Shastri to return and he is a favourite for the head coach job. Shastri was earlier the director of the team between 2014 and 2016 during which he led Men's Brad Daugherty Swingman Gold Adidas Jersey: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers #43 Alternate India to the semi-finals of the 2015 ICC World Cup. Shastri had applied for the head coach job last year but Anil Kumble had been preferred. Kumble stepped down from the post after the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in June, where India lost to Pakistan in the final. In his statement, he had written that the relation between captain Virat Kohli and himself had become 'untenable'. During Shastri's tenure as team director, India won the Test series in Sri Lanka after a gap of 22 years and also outplayed South Africa 3-0 in a four-Test home series before clinching the Asia Cup. It later came out that Shastri desperately wanted to continue his association with the Indian team, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, chose Kumble as head coach ahead of Shastri. Following that, Shastri took pot shots at Ganguly and claimed that the CAC member had lobbied for Kumble to replace him and had convinced the other panel members. The interview for the position of head coach is on July 10 in Mumbai. The deadline for sending in applications for the post has been set for July 9. When Ganguly was asked earlier that what sort of Brian Dumoulin Authentic Jersey coach the CAC was looking for, the former India captain had said, "One who can win cricket matches." The other names to have applied for the position of head coach are Virender Sehwag, Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Tom Moody. Kohli, however, was full of praise for his bowlers for restricting the hosts to 189. "We bowled really well to restrict them to 189. The bowlers were on the mark, and the fielders as well. With the bat we faltered and that can happen in this game. We just have to put this behind us and come back fresh for the next game," said Kohli. West Indies captain Jason Holder was extremely pleased with the much-needed win. "It took a big effort. Credit must go to all the bowlers. I thought the fielding was very supportive. We knew we could beat India. Just needed some application. Throughout the series we have spoken about taking new-ball wickets," said Holder. "India's top order has been doing well. It's all about getting Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat as soon as possible. I want to make a special mention of Kesrick Williams -- showed a lot of maturity in his second game, showed a lot of heart as well," the West Indies captain added.

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