INDvsWI: How much did India lose or gain in series against West Indies?

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India has won against West Indies by 4 wickets in the final and decisive match of the three-match ODI series

With this victory, India won the series 2–1.

Chasing a big target of 316 runs in the match played at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, India achieved the target in 48.4 overs. For India, captain Virat Kohli scored the highest innings of 85 runs.

Apart from this, Team India opener Rohit Sharma (63 runs) and KL Rahul (77 runs) also scored half-centuries.

India had a great start and the opening pair of Rohit-Rahul added 122 runs for the first wicket. However, in the middle overs, the team had to lose wickets very quickly, due to which the match for a time reached a very exciting position.

Later, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja handled the innings and took India closer to the target. But when India was just 30 runs away from victory, then Virat Kohli was out. As soon as he was out, there was a kind of silence in the stadium.

In this difficult moment, Jadeja batted responsibly and continued to score runs. He scored an unbeaten 39 runs. On the other hand, new batsman Shardul Thakur also played a small but fast innings. He scored an unbeaten 17 off just 6 balls which included two fours and a six.

West Indies innings

Earlier, after losing the toss and batting first, the West Indies team scored 315 runs for five wickets. Nicholas Puran scored the most runs for the visiting team. He scored 89 runs off just 64 balls.

At the same time, team captain Kerrone Pollard also scored 74 runs from 51 balls, scoring fast runs. Both these batsmen took over the team when the score of West Indies was four wickets for 144 runs in 32 overs.

West Indies scored 118 runs in the last 10 overs.

In this match, Man of the Match, Team India captain Virat Kohli was elected, while Player of the series Rohit Sharma was selected. It was also India's last international cricket match in the year 2019.

Earlier, India had also won the three-match T20 series 2–1 from the West Indies. This result shows how much sweat India had to win to win both these series.

By the way, the ODI series has been fantastic and eye-opening for India in many ways.

In this series, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli shone with the bat. Captain Virat Kohli also presented a sample of great batting in the third match, while Ravindra Jadeja showed how the match is won in difficult conditions.

If Jadeja had not handled the front at one end, then the ODI series would have been named after the West Indies.

Rohit Sharma batting

What can opener Rohit Sharma do if he is in form, no one knows this better than the opposing bowlers. When the West Indies beat India by eight wickets in the first match, it felt like Nako had to chew to defeat him in this series. But in the next match i.e. Rohit Sharma's bat thundered.

However, in the first match too, he scored exactly 36 runs.

But in Visakhapatnam, he took the news of the West Indian bowlers, scoring 159 runs on 138 balls with 17 fours and five sixes. Thanks to his huge innings, India scored a 387-run mountain-like score for five wickets and won by 107 runs to level 1-1 in the series.

When he came out to bat in Cuttack on Sunday, Rohit Sharma had a record in front of him, which did not take him much time to break. As soon as he completed nine runs, he broke the record of 2387 runs made by Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya in one year. Rohit Sharma played an innings of 63 runs. He scored 288 runs in three matches.

KL Rahul made a great comeback

KL Rahul is considered an excellent batsman but due to lack of consistency in the performance, he has lost his place in the Indian team many times. But KL Rahul took advantage of the injury of opener Shikhar Dhawan to be out of the team.

He regained his lost form by scoring 62 in the first match and 91 in the second match against the West Indies in the T20 series before the one-day series, retaining it with 102 in the second match of the ODI series and 77 in the third match. Made his significant contribution in India's victory.

His innings did not let the Indian team miss Shikhar Dhawan at all. It is even said that now Shikhar Dhawan's return to Team India may be more difficult than before.

Shreyas Iyer solved the number four
The Indian team has been embroiled in the puzzle of number four in ODI cricket for a long time, even during the World Cup, Team India could not get rid of this problem.

In the last one year, India has tried many players on these positions but now it seems that the solution has been found in the form of Shreyas Iyer.

Shreyas Iyer scored 70 runs in the first match and 53 runs in the second match and showed that now he can be trusted.

Rishabh Pant showed responsibility

Since Rishabh Pant has come in the Indian team, there has hardly been more about any player than what has happened about him.

Even apart from coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma had to ask that no one should question Rishabh Pant. In fact, everyone talks about Rishabh's talent but the lack of responsibility in his performance always arises.

After all, Pant was the one to answer those questions and took a sigh of relief by scoring 71 runs in the first match of the ODI series and 39 in the second match. Madan Lal, who was a former all-rounder and regulator about them, says that whatever they should play their natural game, but they should also improve their wicketkeeping.

Captain Virat Kohli's performance and problems

Captain Virat Kohli's bat remained silent in the first two matches in the ODI series, but in the third match, he scored a decisive 85 and showed that if India has to chase runs to win, then there is no worry about them.

By the way, captain Virat Kohli is definitely worried about the bad filming of the Indian team. The Indian players gave up 18 catches in three T20 and three ODIs. The Indian team has been successful in ODI cricket on the basis of its excellent shooting and fast bowlers.

Kohli's other concern will also be about the fitness of fast bowlers.

Ravindra Jadeja showed power
Making a place in the Indian team and preserving it is not the home of Khalaji in this situation, but Ravindra Jadeja has confirmed his place on the strength of his livelihood.

In the third and deciding match when West Indies bowlers were dominating India, at that time Jadeja not only remained unbeaten on the wicket and played an unbeaten innings of 39 runs but also encouraged the new batsman Shardul Thakur.

Ravindra Jadeja has joined the players on his own today, making the place in Test, T20 and ODI i.e. all three formats.

West Indies Power

As for bowlers, Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav played a key role in India's victory by scoring a hat-trick in the second ODI. He did this feat for the second time. When Mohammed Shami took full advantage of his experience, young Navdeep Saini also took two wickets in the third ODI.

But in the entire series, the Indian bowlers were able to wipe out the West Indies only once, while the Indian team has been on the chariot of victory on the strength of its bowlers.

The West Indies, on the other hand, may have lost the T20 and ODI series but managed to regain lost credentials internationally thanks to Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Captain Kiren Pollard and Roston Chase.

Seeing the playing of these Caribbean players, it seemed that the breath of Caribbean cricket is still there, perhaps this was also the biggest feature of this series.