Team India whitewashed West Indies and moved to the top of T20 ranking
Team India wrap up the series by whitewashing West Indies at Eden Gardens
Despite not having the likes of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal in the starting XI, team India won pretty comfortably against the T20 giants West Indies. On top of that, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah got the much needed break in the series. Thus, despite not having so many key players including Ravindra Jadeja, a series win against the West Indies should be a very satisfying one for team India. The Caribbean boys on the other hand need to introspect. Captain Kieron Pollard had a terrible series and Jason Holder was poor as well. Other than that, every other player gave their best. Only if their late middle order would have shown some form, things could have been very different for West Indies.
Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer and Ravi Bishnoi’s form and understanding of the game is probably what team India will take back home. With T20 World Series coming closer day by day, team is getting a proper replacement of Hardik Pandya in form of Venkatesh Iyer. The player, who set Indian T20 League on fire in the second half of the tournament last year, has been tremendous against West Indies in this series. He is making the quick runs, finishing games and taking wickets when it matters. Along with Suryakumar Yadav, the pair put up a 91 run partnership which helped India to reach 184. There was a time when 160 were looking impossible for the team. Yadav scored 65 of 31 balls and Iyer scored 35 of 19 balls that helped India reach to a defendable total.
With the ball in hand, Deepak Chahar picked up 2 early wickets and gave a hard blow to West Indies. Unfortunately, the player suffered an injury and was ruled out of the match but Venkatesh Iyer fit right in and took couple of wickets. Nicolas Pooran was once again brilliant as he scored 61 of 47 deliveries. In the end, the team fell short of 17 runs as India clinched another important series in their home soil.
In the post-match press conference, Captain Rohit Sharma said, “The team that used to chase, there are not many people here from that squad. We wanted to bat first and chase as well because our middle order is fairly new. I’m happy with the series”. When asked about his takeaways from the series, the captain said, “It was pleasing to see guys bailing the team out from situations. Good sign moving forward as a group and something to be proud of. Biggest take away from the ODIs was the middle order making it count. I was very impressed with our seam bowling in ODIs and even here. Harshal is new. Avesh is on debut. Shardul is in and out. So challenge for us was to give them game time and see how they respond”.
Suryakumar Yadav was adjudged as the Man of the Tournament. In the post-match conference he said, “We had a long chat in the team meeting as to how we are going to react under immense pressure and it came out very well. I just try to keep things simple. Being a little harsh on myself in the nets, don't hit every ball wildly and have some quality sessions”.
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