India Vs West Indies: A Breakdown of India’s Series Win

Here are India Vs West Indies 2018 all match highlights.

Ousting and outclassing the West Indian cricket team this past one month, the Indian side who was in a red-hot form created history at the expense of their visitors. Winning each of the test, ODI and T20 series, the Indian side mauled West Indies to achieve the rare feat of a trio of series wins. In inspired touch against their Caribbean opponents, the Indian contingent functioned like a well-oiled machine in all formats of the game, with not only the first team but also bench players coming to the party to put in significant performances at various stages of the series.

India Vs West Indies 2018 all match highlights

Moving on with India Vs West Indies 2018 all match highlights, 2-0 in the test series, 3-1 in the ODIs and 3-0 in the T20s, India’s campaign against West Indies saw them lose just one out of the 10 matches the two sides contested in this tour. Emphatic and ruthless in their approach, India’s performance is far beyond what the numbers tell us. Not shifting down a gear despite taking unassailable leads in the series, India made sure that even the dead rubbers were played with the same intensity and vigour, putting in clinical performances after performances to make short work of their opponents.

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India’s dominance was dictated by the bat. The biggest strength of this team was the stellar performances of the top order with the top three not only taking control of proceedings every time they took strike but also building on those starts to bat throughout the innings and take their side to victory.

India Vs West Indies 2018

The top order has accumulated 6939 runs, most by any team since 2017 with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli being the main contributors to this mind-boggling figure by the Indian team. This amounts to 64.15% of a total number of runs scored by Indian batsmen, which is the highest by any team since 2017 also seeing the country boast of the best average per wicket in the top order – 62.51.

While Rohit Sharma continued on his merry way in the ODIs and T20s, Virat Kohli was dominant in all three formats of the game. The runs flowed like water from his bat, making him the fastest player to reach 10,000 runs in international cricket in ODIs and cement his status as the best batsmen in world cricket in present.

India Vs West Indies 2018

While these two have over the time being reliable cogs in the Indian wheel, a pleasant breeze in the batting department for India came in the form of Ambati Rayadu and Ravindra Jadeja. Rayadu solidified India’s fourth spot in the batting order and Jadeja contributed vital runs down the order, helping the Indian side strengthen two areas of significant concern to them in recent time.

The bowling department’s consistent performances over the course of the three series were something that filled the heart of every Indian cricket lover as well. From Umesh Yadav’s ten-wicket haul in the second test match to Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar troubling the visitors with their mean and aggressive bowling, the pacers were at the mercurial best on pitches that were slow and sluggish.

The spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were in form as well, tormenting West Indies who found them unplayable throughout their tour. Picking up important scalps, the duo was crucial in not only providing important breakthroughs to the side but also helping restrict the flow of runs. Having the spinners function in unison is something that will be a key asset to the Indians when the tour Australia, a country that has been notoriously known for his inability to read the spinning ball.

India Vs West Indies 2018

From a West Indies perspective, despite returning home empty-handed, it was not all a lost cause for them. After a shoddy showing with the red ball, the visiting nation came into their element in the shorter formats of the game, to give India a real fright in both the series.

The ODIs saw West Indies come out blistering, notching up three 300 plus totals in the first three matches to level the series at 1-1. Pure, clean hitting epitomized everything that was good for them this tour with the likes of Hetmyer and Hope helping them rake the runs up. However, a lack of consistency in their performances saw them eventually slip up, handing India the ODI series on a platter.

While some batting performances from them won our heart, the West Indian batting unit failed to function as a unit, something they’ll have to rectify if they have to regain their lost glory. Another key area West Indies need to address is their bowling department. Lacking any sort of bite in it, West Indies’ bowlers were far from efficient in all the three formats, hardly posing questions to an experienced Indian batting order.

Most importantly for the visitors understands how to play under pressure. Match and man management are clearly lacking in their side, something of integral importance when it comes to winning matches against the biggest teams at the biggest stage. While the journey is long for them, they boast of the talent which under the right guidance can blossom in the right direction.

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