India v Australia, 1st ODI, Kochi

Rain washes out first ODI

Peter English

October 17, 2010

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Overnight rain delayed the start of the match, India v Australia, 1st ODI, Kochi, October 17, 2010
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The opening match of the three-game India-Australia series was abandoned without a ball being bowled in Kochi. Heavy rain before the one-dayer saturated the ground and while the weather was clear at the scheduled start time, the clouds returned to send everyone home.

It was an unfortunate result for the thousands of locals who were filling the stadium in their blue shirts. Both teams are fielding inexperienced squads so the expectation was high, but everyone will have to wait for the second match in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

The Kerala Cricket Association has been criticised by former BCCI secretary SK Nair, who said better arrangements with respect to drainage and scheduling could have been made to prevent an abandonment. "This was not for the first time that an international match was planned in Kochi. In the past, organisers had been able to successfully overcome whatever problems came in the way. This time too, the organisers should have put in place a plan to overcome the hitches," Nair said.

TC Mathew, the KCA secretary, responded saying all possible measures had been taken but heavy rains made it impossible for the match to take place.

The series concludes in Goa on Sunday.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (October 19, 2010, 1:02 GMT)

Seriously..why Ravindra Jadeja??There are many more better players for that spot...R.Aswin , Raydu , Badrinath , Abhishek Nayar , Pathan brothers , Uthhapa, but i never understood why JADEJAAAAA??/ His bowling is average and batting is below average.. Any of the above mentioned can score what he score and most of them bowl a lot better and are more reliable...but seem R Jadeja has some Godfather which others dont have

Posted by Antu_Mathiyas on (October 18, 2010, 16:47 GMT)

All 3 matches going to abandoned, weather site shows 50% chance of rain at Visakhapatnam on Oct 20th and 30% chance of rain on 24th at Goa. Anyway very sad for Youngsters and big escape for Indian team, keep No 2 spot.

Posted by The_Professor on (October 18, 2010, 14:39 GMT)

I am sick and tired of the selectors picking R.Jadeja again and again and again!! Jadeja should definitely be dropped, perhaps along with Rohit Sharma. There are more talented players (who are actually performing very well) who deserve a chance eg. Pujara & Rehane...the future mainstay of Indian batting.

Posted by AmmarRajar on (October 18, 2010, 11:16 GMT)

i think i dont understand y is India giving so many chances to rohit sharma...they have so many other middle order batsman...he is useless for india....n the samething abt ravinder jadeja.......rohit sharma is like a disease for india as fawad alam for Pakistan

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 7:21 GMT)

I think BCCI's tour commitee is at fault here.It is the time of retreating monsoons and the coastline areas are prone to have rains during this time of the year.So it would have been much better if they had given matches to places in the interior of India.There is a low pressure in Bay of Bengal and one has to keep his fingers crossed for the Vizag match.

Posted by dharmesh_raval on (October 18, 2010, 6:49 GMT)

In spite of loss of fun of 1st ODI I feel it's good at least for our players who have been playing since several months without break, at least for them it (rain) was good! Lets find something good in every day(thing) !! And we all (indians) have enough sweet memories of Test Series till the time we play our next game !!!

Posted by Jim1207 on (October 18, 2010, 6:30 GMT)

oh, my bad! People would start lamenting over the brevity of the series and would question why on earth a 3 match series is not possible!

Posted by Indian_Rules on (October 18, 2010, 6:25 GMT)

Great..even the gods dont want to see Ravindra Jadeja play for India again... :-) ... Maybe this is the last thing which might make BCCI and its hopeless selectors to stop selecting Jadeja into the team

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 5:46 GMT)

Goa is already raining...expect another washout

Posted by MeeraKrishna on (October 18, 2010, 3:42 GMT)

I dont know who plans for these ODI venues. Its the time for monsoons in southern part of India between Oct-Dec. Everyone knows this but all 3 ODI are planned in south India. If you remember there was a sense of uncertainity over the Blore test as well because of weather. It makes me feel like BCCI is alien to India and they dont know the weather here.

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