India enjoyed a successful white-ball outing against the
West Indies as Rohit Sharma’s side comfortably swept the visitors 3-0 in the
T20 series thanks to some promising performances from some of the fresh faces
in the Indian set up such as Venkatesh Iyer and Ravi Bishnoi. With this series
victory, India also jumped above England to number one in the ICC T20 rankings
while also extending their winning streak in T20Is to nine matches.
Here is our report card for the T20 series.
Ishan Kishan – 4/10
It was a series to forget for Ishan Kishan with the bat as
the young left-hander made just 71 runs in three innings at a measly strike
rate of 85. Despite being shown plenty of faith by the Indian management,
Kishan struggled with the bat throughout the three matches in the Eden Gardens –
striking only nine fours and no sixes in the 83 balls he faced in the series –
and looked particularly uncomfortable against the off-spin of Roston Chase.
Suryakumar Yadav – 9/10
Suryakumar Yadav continued his fine form in India colours in
the three T20Is in Kolkata, and the Mumbai batsman was the lynchpin of the Men
in Blue’s new dynamic middle order. Yadav was awarded the Player of the series
for his fantastic performance against the West Indies and finished with 107
runs at a strike rate of 195 in the three matches, which included a stunning 65
off 31 in the third T20I.
Venkatesh Iyer – 9/10
Venkatesh Iyer’s display with bat and ball was one of the
biggest positives for India from these three matches, with the left-hander
emerging as a viable candidate to occupy the number six slot for the Men in
Blue at the 2022 T20 World Cup. Iyer scored 92 runs at a strike rate of 184 in
three innings in this series and also performed the sixth bowlers job to
perfection, picking up two wickets at an average of 13.5.
Ravi Bishnoi – 8/10
Ravi Bishnoi enjoyed a stellar start to his international
career as the young leg-spinner was awarded the Player of the match in his
debut game in the 1st T20I for his excellent match-winning spell of 2 for 17.
More impressively, the 21-year-old continued this form throughout the series,
finishing with an economy rate of just 6.33 despite bowling the majority of his
deliveries to two of the strongest batters in the West Indian team, Nicholas
Pooran and Rovman Powell.
Harshal Patel – 7/10
Harshal Patel staked his claim for a place in India’s
starting XI at the 2022 T20 World Cup with another brilliant showing with the
ball against a fearsome West Indian batting line-up. Although Patel was
slightly expensive in the three matches, the 31-year-old was India’s highest
wicket-taker in the series with five scalps and bowled excellently at the death
in the final two T20Is, using his slower deliveries and variations to