Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer registered fifty-plus scores as they batted in the top-3 positions during the first ODI of the series against West Indies on Friday. The Indian team produced an impressive outing in the first ODI of the series against the West Indies, beating the side by 3 runs in a thrilling game in Port of Spain.
India put a strong score of 308/7 in fifty overs with captain Shikhar Dhawan (97), Shubman Gill (64), and Shreyas Iyer (54) scoring impressive half-centuries; in the run-chase, West Indies almost pulled an incredible win with Romario Shepherd (39* off 25 balls) smashing the bowlers in the final overs. However, Mohammed Siraj held his nerves to successfully defend 15 runs in the last over of the innings to secure a dramatic win for the visitors.
Parthiv Patel: Shikhar Dhawan Played A Captain’s Knock And Was Well Supported By Shubman Gill
India had earlier made a strong start to their innings, with all of their top-three batters Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer scoring fifties. While openers Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill forged a 119-run stand for the first wicket, the Indian captain added another 94 runs alongside Shreyas Iyer.
While Shikhar Dhawan has been an integral part of the ODI team in the past, Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer came into the XI after first-team stars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were rested for the WI series. The first-choice Indian top-3, however, endured poor outings in the recently-concluded ODI series against England.
While India had registered a straightforward 10-wicket win in the first ODI against England, all three batters failed to perform in the second and third games of the series. And so, as Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer shined in the Port of Spain game, former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel made a rather cheeky comment.
“Shikhar Dhawan played a captain’s knock. He was very well supported by Shubman Gill; he was chosen ahead of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan, and he played a brilliant knock. Usually, when Shikhar Dhawan plays with Rohit Sharma, Rohit takes his time and Shikhar goes out attacking. But today, Shubman played an attacking role with Dhawan playing as anchor.”
Shikhar Dhawan scored a match-defining 97 in the first ODI of the ongoing three-match series against the West Indies and was awarded Man of the Match. He top scored in the 1st ODI against hosts West Indies.
His 97 of 99 balls consisted of 10 fours and 3 sixes. He will be disappointed after missing out on a century but will look to carry on in the same vein in the next 2 ODIs. However, he made scores of 31 not out, 9, and 1 in the England ODIs, where he averaged a paltry 20.5 amassing 41 runs.
Parthiv Patel Praised Shreyas Iyer For Coming Back Into Form
Shreyas Iyer scored a 57-ball 54 in the first ODI against West Indies, lacing five boundaries and two maximums. In fact, all three of India’s top-order batters managed to get past the half-century mark against West Indies with both openers Shikhar Dhawan scoring a 99-ball 97 and Shubman Gill scoring 53 balls 64.
“Shreyas also came back in form, sort of. He didn’t get as many runs as was expected out of him during the IPL and the England tour. But here, he got a fifty. And surprise, surprise, India’s top-3 got fifties. Usually, we talk about India’s top-3 not getting runs,” Parthiv said.
Later in the video, he also said that the top-3 getting runs are a good sign.
“Our top-3 has not got runs in England but here, Dhawan got 97, Gill proved himself again and showed how good a talent he is, and Iyer got a fifty as well,” Parthiv concluded.
Despite the absence of seven of their white-ball regulars, which includes Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Team India, under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan, got off to a winning start against West Indies in the three-match ODI series, winning the opener in Port of Spain on Friday by a slender three runs.