India clinched a thrilling ODI series decider with a commanding 200-run victory over West Indies, securing a 2-1 series win. Stellar performances from top-order batsmen Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, and captain Hardik Pandya led India to an impressive total of 351/5.
Opting to bowl, West Indies struggled in the chase, failing to recover from early setbacks. Shardul Thakur’s four-wicket haul and Jaydev Unadkat’s crucial wicket were instrumental in India’s triumph. The West Indies batting lineup faltered, except for a few lower-order batsmen. India’s all-round prowess and depth were on display, establishing their dominance and series victory.
Hardik Pandya | India captain: It’s a special win. To be honest, I look forward to these kind of games as a captain where there is something on the line. This was more than an international game. We knew what was at stake and there would be a lot of disappointment if we lost. The boys showed great character. They enjoyed it as well, in pressure situations it’s important to enjoy it as well. Virat and Rohit are integral parts of the team. But it was important to rest them so that people like Ruturaj Gaikwad could get a chance. It was about giving opportunities to youngsters. I took it deep intentionally, wanted to have some time out in the middle. Had a great chat with Virat before the game, he wanted me to spend some time out in the middle and get used to the 50-over format. Really thankful for him to share that experience with me. Once you hit one ball and get into rhythm things are very different. The ball was doing just a bit. Scoring 350 was always crucial. When you have a total like that, batters chase the ball and if the luck is one your side, batters will nick it. Couple of really good catches by Gill. West Indies woke up very late and there was that partnership that took it to the 34th over. The game was kind of over in the powerplay itself. This was one of the nicest grounds we have played. Things can be better when we come to West Indies next time. Things like travel, hopefully the West Indies cricket board can take note and ensure that there are no hiccups. We don’t ask for luxury but we need some basic necessities taken care of. [On Rohit’s part in the series win] Rohit can have the full (trophy).