Durham, Sep 4 : England captain Alastair Cook has said that his team was ready to go on and win the first ODI against India until it was abandoned due to rain.
India appeared to have the upper hand after posting a score of 274-7 in their 50 overs at Durham, and the hosts were in trouble at 27-2 in 7.2 overs when bad weather intervened.
The umpires called the game off at 1630 GMT when rain began falling again after England were set a revised target of 164 to win from 20 overs.
However, Cook was confident that his side could have overhauled the target.
“You never know what is going to happen, do you, that was a very good wicket, quick outfield, a big oval to play on, and 270 was gettable,” Cook said.
He further praised his teammates for a good show throughout the Test series and the first ODI.
“The second half of the 50 overs especially the batting power play towards the end. Jade (Dernbach) and Bressi (Tim Bresnan) bowled well, at one stage we could have been looking at a score of 300. I would also say Samit, the way he bowled with the pressure that we needed those 10 overs, pretty much 10 overs out of him. He has been playing very well,” Cook said.
The England captain also hailed Indian fast bowler Praveen Kumar, who dismissed both the England openers during the match.
“We had quite a lot a success against him in the Test series, but he is a quality performer. In English and other conditions as well, he swings the ball and holds a very good length. He is a fine performer, so he is always going to be tough,” he added. (ANI)