India continued their dominance over the
West Indies in the 50-over format as the Men in Blue registered their 12th
consecutive ODI series victory over the hosts with their 3-0 win at the Queen’s
Park Oval in Port-of-Spain. However, while India came away with a clean sweep,
the result could have easily gone the other way in the closely fought series,
with the West Indies failing to grab their opportunities in the opening two
There were plenty of promising performances
from both sides across the three matches, and here is our report card for the
Shubman Gill –
Returning to the India ODI squad for the
first time since December 2020, Shubman Gill grabbed his opportunity with both
hands against the West Indies as he took home the player of the series award.
Gill finished the series as the highest run-scorer, amassing 205 runs in three
innings at a brilliant strike rate of 102. After gifting his wicket away with
two soft dismissals in the first two games, Gill learnt his lesson in the third
ODI as he put on a superb knock of 98* from 98 deliveries, and the opener’s
game against spin and immaculate touch were on full display across the series
against the West Indies.
Shreyas Iyer –
After a tough tour of England where he
struggled against the short ball, Shreyas Iyer bounced back emphatically in the
ODI series against the West Indies, returning scores of 54, 63, and 44. Iyer
ensured that India didn’t feel the absence of Virat Kohli at number three,
scoring 161 runs at a strike rate of 99 and showcasing his world-class ability
against spin through the middle overs.
After a disappointing outing against
Bangladesh, the West Indies batters produced a much better showing against India
in Port-of-Spain. Nicholas Pooran led from the front for the hosts, with the
skipper consistently delivering in the middle order and scoring 141 runs in
three matches at a strike rate of 104.
Mohammed Siraj starred as the leader of
India’s pace attack against the West Indies, with the pacer picking up four
wickets at a respectable economy rate of 5.13. Siraj impressed with his skills
throughout the series, nailing his yorkers’ to help India clinch a final-over
thriller in the first ODI before finding plenty of movement in the powerplay in
the second and third encounters, giving India another potential option with the
ball in 50-over-cricket.
Shikhar Dhawan finished the series as the
second-highest run-scorer with 168 runs at an average of 56. Although the
left-hander’s strike rate was on the lower side at 82, Dhawan batted through
the powerplay in each of the three games and put on two century stands with
Shubman Gill to give the hosts the perfect platform for their innings.