Shikhar Dhawan had another excellent match, scoring a vital half-century to help India set a challenging total and then leading the team astutely to ensure West Indies were never in with a chance during their chase.
Dhawan capped off a productive series in style to end with 168 runs in this three-match ODI series. Along with Shubman Gill, Dhawan built a solid opening partnership of 113 runs in the 3rd ODI, which again gave team India an edge over their opponents.
Dhawan looked in good touch during his innings of 58 (74) before being dismissed by Hayden Walsh jr, with the West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran taking the catch. Gill then took command of the innings with a magnificent unbeaten 98*(98), missing out on his maiden international century only because of poor weather.
While captaining, Dhawan brought all his experience into play to lead his young team to victory. The Indian bowlers never gave West Indies a sniff, bowling them out for 137 in just 26 overs. Mohammed Siraj got two early breakthroughs for team India in his first over, while Yuzvendra Chahal continued to show his magic by picking up 4 wickets. Axar Patel, Prasidh Krishna, and Shardul Thakur were all among the wickets as well.
Dhawan was generous with his praise for his team. “I feel the boys are young, but they played maturely. The way they handled themselves on the field, really proud of them. Very good signs for us,” said Dhawan in the post-match presentation.
Speaking on his own performance, he said, “ I am quite pleased with my form. I have been playing this format since a long time. I was happy with the way I played that knock, in the first ODI. And even today, happy with my performance.”
Gill was named Player of the Match and Player of the series for his fantastic batting in all the 3 games he played. First England, and now West Indies, team India will be satisfied with how their ODI campaign has gone in the last couple of months. On to Zimbabwe next!