Eoin Morgan's men, meanwhile, will want to avoid going down 3-0 and instead build some momentum going into the three-match Twenty20 worldwide series that follows. "He's an incredible player to have in the side, I always say it's a luxury to have a player like him in your team", Morgan said. Almost four hours later, even as India got past 300, Stokes again played a crucial role to ensure the hosts did not go into the T20 series with the confidence of a whitewash. India got really close to victory and lost by 5 runs but a crucial 90 from Jadhav got the team that far. His century in the second match in Pune went a long way to answering his critics, even if it was ultimately in a losing cause, while he averaged a respectable 58 for the series. However, the middle order collapsed quickly with Steyn, Tahir and Rabada bagging a total of 5 wickets. It's our middle-order which is sorted now. Jadhav, by his own admission, has not played much at these levels, and his first-class career only took off in 2008-09, by which time he was 24. The achievement was brilliantly acknowledged by departing skipper MS Dhoni, who gave his successor a signed match ball as a memorabilia for debut series win since officially being made the skipper. I knew time will change. Playing in company of Sam Billings, Roy forged a partnership of 98 runs that set the base for a big score. In fact, Manish Pandey hit a fluent 71 in the same game, and as Jadhav admitted at the end of that series, "Whoever is the best, the selectors will pick". This will keep the promise to ENG to get back Kohinoor and Under 19 team will get quite good exposes to worldwide cricket. I have never played a shot like that before, but to have executed that, I surprised myself as well.
This will be India's last ODI ahead of the Champions Trophy in June, and the side will hope to tick off most boxes before the big-ticket tournament. Oddly enough, it was his bowling, his awkward land-behind-the-bowling-crease wide-armed floaters, which was first called upon.
Roy plunderd his runs off 56 deliveries and hitting as many as 10 bounderis and one sixer before he was bowled by jadeja while Billings, trying to make a reverse sweep off Jadeja was was caught by Pandya.
The other top performers for this ODI series include Eoin Morgan who scored 102 in the second ODI match and if he had not got out after a silly run out incident England could have just managed a victory in that match.
Thus, in the final ODI on Sunday (January 22), there is little chance of either side turning up with anything less than full intensity.
Their batting line-up is as strong and as exciting as it has ever been, to the extent that Bairstow and Billings are not guaranteed starters.
Asked how he feels about his name now being etched in Eden folklore, Ganguly said, "It's a huge honour and I thank the working committee and Biswaroop (Dey, former CAB treasurer) for proposing my name". Kedar Jadhav was awarded the Man of the Series for his 232 runs at a strike-rate of 144.1 in this series.