Rajkot: After a winless One-Day International stint in India in bilateral series stretching back to April 2006, England finally broke a 13-match sequence that included two 5-0 whitewashes and a tied match in the 2011 World Cup with a nine-run win in the first ODI against India at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Khanderi, Rajkot on Friday (January 11).
Alastair Cook said the win was important because it gave England the confidence of knowing they could win in India. That it came on the back of two defeats in the warm-up matches against India A and Delhi made it even sweeter.
"It is important, for the main reason that it gives us the confidence," said Cook. "It's pretty much the same squad that we had the last time out here when we lost 5-0. So to get an early win, especially in the first game, it proves that we can play in these conditions."