Team India recorded an emphatic 119-run victory against the West Indies on Wednesday in the rain-stricken final ODI of the series in Port of Spain to win the series 3-0. Shubman Gill was the star for India with the bat, as he remained unbeaten at 98 while the side put in a strong score of 226/3 in 36 overs. Known for their explosive batting, however, Windies collapsed during the rain-shortened game when they were knocked out in just 26 overs at 137. While Yuzvendra Chahal played with four wickets to his name, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur picked two each. .
Gill was named both Player of the Match and Player of the Series for his consistent performance across all three ODIs. The Indian opener got off to a good start in all three games and was on the cusp of a first three-digit score, but rain ruined the party for the youngster.
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Gill, 22, was fired thanks to an occasional run in the first ODI at 64, then was given a soft suspension in the second game, falling seven runs short for half a century. In the final game, Gill played with more responsibility, carrying the bat in the rain-shortened 36-over innings. However, when he stranded at 98, Gill joined a unique list of Indian openers who similarly went undefeated in the 90s in ODIs. That list includes big names like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar.
- 93* – Kris Srikkath
- 92* – Sunil Gavaskar
- 96* – Sachin Tendulkar
- 99* – Virender Sehwag
- 97* – Shikhar Dhawan
- 98* – Shubman Gill
After his impressive knockout in the final ODI, Gill expressed disappointment at not being able to make the 100 run but insisted he only played his natural game.
“I hoped to get a hundred, but that (rain) was out of my control. Was very disappointed how I came out in the first two ODIs. I tried to play by the ball and let the instincts take over,” Gill said.
The youngster will not be part of the Indian T20I squad that will face the Windies in a five-game series from July 29.
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