India will achieve their maiden clean sweep in ODIs in West Indies if India manages to win the third and final ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday.
The Shikhar Dhawan-led side is on the cusp of creating history. With the series already in their bag due to thrilling last-over victories in the first two ODIs of the series, the visitors now have a chance to inflict a whitewash on West Indies for the first time in their own backyard.
India A Win Away From Maiden Clean Sweep In ODIs In West Indies
Since they started playing bilateral ODI series in West Indies in 1983, India has never managed to whitewash the two-time ODI World Cup champions in a series comprising three or more matches in West Indies. They have clean swept West Indies in India earlier this year but if they manage to win the third and final ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday then it will be their first ODI series sweep in the Caribbean islands.
Overall this will be the visitor’s 13th clean sweep in an ODI series. And a victory on Wednesday will also mark India’s first away series whitewash apart from Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. India has won all matches of an ODI series thrice in Zimbabwe – 2013, 2015, and 2016 – and once in Sri Lanka – in 2017.
India had achieved a new feat with their victory over West Indies on Sunday as they now have the record for the most consecutive bilateral ODI series wins against a team. The second ODI saw the visitors clinch the series with another nail-biting finish. The visitors secured yet another ODI bilateral series win over West Indies with a two-wicket win on Sunday. The Indian team had won the first match of the series by three runs on Friday.
The win on Sunday helped the visitors set a new record as they have won the most consecutive bilateral ODI series wins against a team. The Indian team stretched their winning streak to 12 over the West Indies. They achieved this feat during the course of 2007-22.
India On The Verge Of Whitewashing West Indies Twice In A Calendar Year Becoming Only the 3rd Team To Do So After Zimbabwe And Bangladesh
India’s win in the third and final ODI will also mean it will be their first double whitewash against a team in a calendar year. Only twice before a team has registered two ODI series whitewashes against an opponent in a calendar year. Zimbabwe had done it against Bangladesh in 2001 (At home by 4-0 and in Kenya by 3-0) and Bangladesh had inflicted the same against Kenya in 2006 (3-0 at home and away both).
India already created a world record on Sunday by sealing their 12th consecutive series win in the ODI format against the West Indies — the most against a team. In this backdrop, head coach Rahul Dravid might be tempted to try out some of his reserve players but he will have to maintain a fine balance between keeping the momentum and testing his bench strength.
West Indies have suffered 22 whitewashes in ODI bilateral series and seven of them have been at home – which is the third most after Zimbabwe (18) and Bangladesh (10). They were blanked 0-3 in their last ODI assignment at home against Bangladesh.
Moreover, 25 times West Indies have been on the verge of whitewash in the bilateral ODI series (No wins before the last match of the series) but only three times they have been able to avoid a defeat in the last match of the series.