On Wednesday, Shikhar Dhawan became the first-ever captain of an Indian team that defeated the West Indies 3-0 at home.
The Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian team demonstrated its strength and depth as they completed a sweep over the Caribbean side with an overwhelming 119-run victory in the third and final match, despite being without several first-choice players. On Wednesday, Dhawan became the first Indian skipper to ever destroy the West Indies in their backyard as India rode Shubman Gill's 98 to thrash the hosts.
India reached 225-3 thanks to Gill's career-best knock in the game cut short by rain at Queens Park Oval. The Duckworth-Lewis system required West Indies to chase 257 in 35 overs at 7.3 runs per over, but they were dismissed for just 137 in the 26th over. After winning the first match by three runs and the second by two wickets, India already had a 2-0 series lead. A convincing victory in the third match brought their 50-over assignment victory total to 3-0.
Dhawan praised the young players during the post-game news conference and said they had the character to transform difficulties into possibilities.
"I am pretty happy with how the team has performed throughout the entire series. We showed spirit in every game and seized the chances presented by the difficulties. I'm pleased with how well everyone did and contributed "said the acting India skipper. "As a captain, I believe this was my most complete performance to date. I'm overjoyed and content. The youngsters complied with my requests, "Added he.
Dhawan singled out young Gill for special appreciation, remarking that the opening hits with an abundance of time, much like Rohit Sharma, who is renowned for his precise timing. With scores of 64, 43, and 98 not out, Gill scored 205 runs in three games.
"Gill is a well-refined player with excellent technique. He reminds me a little bit of Rohit, in my opinion. By the way, he hits, he appears to have plenty of time. It's encouraging to see he scored 98 today. He was adept at transforming those 1950s into the 1990s "Dhawan stated.
The wickets for India included Mohammed Siraj (2/14), Yuzvendra Chahal (4/17), and Shardul Thakur (2/17) The captain praised Siraj and all-rounder Deepak Hooda, who participated in the away series as a sixth bowling option.
"Siraj bowls quite well. His confidence has significantly risen. He is aware of his obligations. He supports him. So it becomes simple for me as a captain. As a skipper, it's satisfying to see that the boys understand their roles and what needs to be done "said Dhawan.
"I was aware before the series began that Deepak could play all three positions, and based on his performance in the opening game, his bowling confidence was beginning to soar. He bowled well against right-handers as well as left-handers."
India's batting attack, which included players like Gill, Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, and Axar Patel, was largely relied upon.
"From the team's perspective, everything is positive. In the batting order, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju, and Axar all scored runs. For any batting unit, it's an encouraging indicator. They are all young, and it's significant how they behaved in every game "Dhawan commented about his batters.
A five-match Twenty20 series between India and West Indies is now underway, with the final two games taking place in Lauderhill, Florida.