India clinched the series with a 3-0 victory over the West Indies on Friday. The top order struggled to get going, but Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant rebuilt the innings before cameos from Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar helped India reach 265. In response, the West Indies disintegrated and were unable to respond to a determined Indian bowling effort. The visitors were dismissed for 169 runs and lost by 96 runs.
- Virat’s struggle continues
Virat Kohli is a modern-day legend who was cranking out hundreds of runs for fun across all formats till a few years ago. Although his form has dipped recently, he has still managed to produce some excellent knocks. He hasn’t struck a century in international cricket in almost two and a half years, but he has been scoring runs.
He was regularly scoring half-centuries in One-Day International cricket, but he couldn’t convert them into three-figure totals. The runs, though, dried up as well in this series. Kohli’s form has deteriorated to the point that he has scored only 26 runs in three innings. In a bilateral ODI series, that is the second-lowest average the former Indian skipper has ever had.
- Shreyas Iyer rises
After Kohli and Sharma were dismissed by Joseph, India No. 4 came to the crease early in the fourth over with India on 16/2. India had scored 187/6 in 37.1 overs when he left the field. With No. 5 Rishabh Pant, he put on a 110-run partnership. He batted responsibly and helped India to a respectable total. Iyer has raised hopes of providing solidity in the middle-order after making his Test debut with a century against New Zealand in Kanpur in November.
- Sundar & Chahar’s fight
Despite Iyer and Pant’s century partnership, strong hits from No. 7 Washington Sundar (33, 34b, 2x4s, 1x6s) and No. 8 Deepak Chahar (38, 38b, 4x4s, 2x6s) helped India reach 240 runs. They didn’t hit for the sake of hitting but instead kept their cool under pressure to help India to a decent total.
Sundar and Chahar, who both play in the XI as off-spinners and pacers, have shown to be valuable batsmen on numerous occasions. They are likely to be viewed even more seriously in terms of providing batting depth after Friday’s innings.
- Siraj & Krishna’s brilliant performance
Particularly impressive were Prasidh Krishna and Mohammed Siraj. They struck the ball hard and didn’t let the West Indian hitters getaway. The pair also continued to pick wickets on a regular basis.
Siraj was the one who gave India the first breakthrough in this game, as he bowled Shai Hope for a duck. He then returned to dismiss the dangerous Odean Smith, who was on 36 off 17 balls at the time. Hayden Walsh was also kicked out by Siraj. Meanwhile, Krishna, who had 4/12 in the previous game, proceeded where he had left off. The Karnataka bowler broke the West Indian middle-order with the wickets of Darren Bravo and Jason Holder. He then finished the game by stomping on Alzarri Joseph’s head.