“I Am A Very Cool Captain,” Shikhar Dhawan said at the first ODI toss against the West Indies.
India’s captain Shikhar Dhawan scored 97 against the West Indies in the opening ODI.
Before keeping its cool to defeat the West Indies by three runs in the first game of the series here. In his homecoming ODI, Shubmam Gill hit a superb 64 while Shikhar Dhawan amassed a skillfully constructed 97. The opening pair for India, Dhawan, and Gill, put on a 119-run stand before the West Indies fought back to restrict India to 308 for seven. Romario Shepherd was able to be stopped by Mohammed Siraj at Queens Park Oval when the West Indies needed 15 runs off the last over to break the record (38 not out off 25).
Dhawan’s confidence at the toss as a result astounded the crowd. He was asked what he thought about going to India. “I’d be a fantastic captain. I make sure that the enthusiasm of my staff is kept up, and I like selecting the greatest options. Continue the procedure and advance the team. We continue to follow the correct procedures and maintain a very robust process to make sure we get the results we want.
Before Brandon King (54 off 66) made the game unwinnable, Kyle Mayers (75 off 68) and Shamarh Brooks (46 off 61) gave West Indies hope with a 117-run stand for the second wicket at the top of the order. With a final score of 305 for 6, the West Indies failed.
Shardul Thakur made a second attack early in the pursuit. Removing Mayers and Brooks from the pre-determined team to re-enter India into the competition.
The highly respected Mayers produced many impressive swings during his innings, including a one-legged pull shot against Siraj.
Nicholas Pooran, the skipper (25 off 26), punished Prasidh Krishna by hitting two flat sixes over deep square leg and deep midwicket.
Despite King and Akeal Hosein’s 56-run partnership. India was on the edge of losing when the hosts needed 60 runs off the final 90 balls (32 not out off 32). Yuvzvendra Chahal, however, made a significant discovery at just the right time to make it more challenging for the West Indies.
Although Shephered and Hosein’s daring combination fell short. They succeeded in keeping the home team in the game.
Gill, who was playing his first ODI match since December 2020, delivered some beautiful shots before Dhawan changed pace.
Shreyas Iyer, who has recently had trouble with the short ball. Re-entered the game with a smooth 54 off 57 balls.
The opening duo of Gill and Dhawan set up a 350+ total before the former was out in the 18th over against the run of play.
Gill, one of the most exciting batsmen to watch when at his best, was at ease against the fast bowlers.
Gill hooked him for a six before Alzarri Joseph dazzled the crowd with a perfectly timed punch off the back foot for a boundary. He was just as stunning when playing cover drives when the ball was pitched high.
His inning contained six fours and a few sixes. He had to be struck directly by West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran in order to put him to sleep. Gill’s first ODI fifty came in his fourth game.
Dhawan, who only plays one format and had a sluggish start in England. Was able to pace his innings well because Gill was bowling brilliantly at the other end. The southpaw recorded ten fours and three sixes. His preferred shot was the slog sweep off left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie.
The second left-arm spinner, Akeal Hosein, made an impression by causing the ball to turn quickly.
The middle order disintegrated when Dhawan was removed for the sixth time in the 1990s. Reducing the visitors from 213 for one to 252 for five while India was on pace to score 350 or more runs.
Suryakumar Yadav (13), who had a great opportunity to contribute, was defeated by a poor shot made by Sanju Samson (12).
India reached the 300-run threshold thanks to a 42-run partnership between Deepak Hooda (27), Axar Patel (21), and the sixth wicket.
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