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Top Takeaways from India’s T20I Series Win in the Tour of West Indies

The Men in Blue continue to dominate their opponents in white-ball cricket, following their T20I series win in the tour of West Indies. This marks the conclusion of India’s Tour of the West Indies, as they now prepare for the Tour of Zimbabwe. India and the Windies played an ODI series followed by a T20I series, both of which were won by the visitors in a scintillating manner. With the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup right around the corner, the West Indies tour would’ve helped the Indian selectors to draw fair conclusions while the Men in Blue prepare for their next quest.

Let us take a look at some takeaways from India’s performance in the T20I series in the tour of West Indies.

 

India’s top-notch batting quality

If there’s any takeaway from the West Indies tour, it’s that India’s batting depth is immense. The players step up in times when others fail to make an impact. However, the batting order requires a reshuffling as some batters fared better from their unusual spots. For instance, Shreyas Iyer scored his series’ best in the fifth ODI as an opener, with 64 off 40 balls. Compared to his stats at No. 3, Shreyas scored more in the fifth match as an opener than in the other three matches he played.

The likes of Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav have proven to be reliable with the bat. Suryakumar finished the series with the most runs. Pant is amongst the consistent batters, scoring in double figures in every match he played. India’s middle and lower order comprise capable batters such as Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin.

All in all, India’s batting depth is pretty impressive and consists of reliable players. However, a shuffle in the batting order to maximise output might work in their favour.

 

India’s impeccable spinners

Ravi Bishnoi played three out of five matches in the T20I series and outperformed all but one bowler in the series. Bishnoi scalped eight wickets, one less than Windies’ Obed McCoy who had nine. Having played two matches less, Bishnoi finished the series as India’s top wicket-taker, above Man of the Series, Arshdeep Singh. His heroics in the last match was a sight for sore eyes as he picked a four-wicket haul.

Kuldeep Yadav returned in the last game of the series after a long recovery from his injury. He marked his return superbly by picking three wickets. Axar Patel also played this match and picked three wickets to humble the home side as India bowled the West Indies out within 16 overs to win by 100 runs.

India has other spinners in their arsenals like Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin who can be lethal on a good day. Safe to say, India have great spinners who can dictate a game, just like the final game of the T20I series of the tour of West Indies.

 

Rise of the newcomers

Arshdeep Singh made his international debut against England and picked two wickets. A month later, Arshdeep was the player of the T20I series against the West Indies. Arshdeep debuted alongside Umran Malik, dubbed as the fastest Indian seamer of all time. Many thought that Malik would be preferred over Arshdeep due to his raw seam. However, the latter proved to be more prolific, along with his impressive bowling economy. Moreover, Arshdeep’s ability to swing is for all to see, making him a reliable seamer in the bowling attack.

Deepak Hooda has been impressive as an all-rounder off-late. He plays a vital role as a finisher for India in the death overs and might be at par with the likes of Dinesh Karthik. Although, his performance with the ball was fruitless against the Windies, he is a quality spinner who has been reliable in the middle overs recently. His inclusion in the Asia Cup squad is a testament to his improving performance and how Team India sees him as a reliable all-rounder.

Also Read: The Asia Cup 2022: Who are the main contenders?

 

 

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