Wrapping up India performance in India Vs West Indies T20 Paytm series 3-0 with a nervy, last-ball win in the third and concluding T20 of the series, the Indian camp demonstrated their strength in numbers. A team devoid of Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav showed that India’s cricketing talent is par any prevalent in international cricket at the moment.
Going ahead with India performance in India Vs West Indies T20 Paytm Series, the series saw India rake up humongous totals after humongous totals, witnessed the bowlers working in tandem with the batsmen to deliver a deadly and lethal performance, one the West Indies had no answer to. Not only was the series a perfect all-around display of cricket from the Indian men but also saw several players seize the opportunity given to them, shining to sound a call to the selectors for future series.
With outstanding performances spread from top to bottom, we bring you the players who shone exceptionally this T20 series, analyzing their match-winning performances along with some interesting numbers from the series.
The stand-in captain in the absence of Virat Kohli once again underlined his credentials as not as a leader of the side but also India’s mainstay in the opening slot. Smashing his way to a magnanimous century at the Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium in Lucknow in the second T20 to take India to an unassailable victory, Sharma ahead of the Australian tour proved once again why he’s been India’s best opener this year.
And it was not only the batting department where Rohit’s laurels shown. Post the third T20, Sharma became the only Indian captain to lead the country to two 3-0 T20 series win.
“Games like these happen a lot. Especially in the IPL, these have happened a lot. We wanted to be ruthless and not take a backseat. This kind of performance gives a lot of confidence. We didn’t want to be complacent and wanted to come out and win,” Rohit said, speaking after achieving the feat.
Winning the last match for India with a man of the match 92 runs innings, Dhawan also won the man of the series award for his consistent showing throughout the three matches. Desperately needing to put on a show after a dismal year, Dhawan finally made the most of the early starts he got to reach a career-best 92 in a 130 run stand with Pant in the third and final match of the series.
The Pace Duo of Bumrah and Kumar
Coming back into the Indian setup after being rested in recent time, the duo got some much-needed match time under their belt ahead of what will be a testing campaign in Australia.
The series was of significant importance to Bhuvneshwar Kumar who had looked rusty in the ODI series. Coming back into his own in the shortest format of the game, Kumar bowled immaculate lines and lengths on pitches that offered little to the pacers. Along with Bumrah’s death overs yokers, the pair was successful in tormenting West Indies in the opening two T20s to make short work of their innings.
Interesting Numbers from the Series
– Windies became the 8th team to score more than 100 fours this calendar year in the third T20.
– The stand between Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer was Windies’ first 50-run stand after 6 matches and fourth such stand for Windies against India.
– Darren Bravo and Nicolas Pooran’s unbeaten 87-run stand was the best for the fourth wicket in T20Is for Windies.
-Sharma needs just 63 runs more to become the leading run-getter in T20s.
-Rohit rose to 7th in the ICC batsmen rankings for T20s with Kohli falling to 14th after being rested.
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