Twitter Reactions: Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal guide India to historic 3-0 triumph over West Indies

India scripted a record by defeating West Indies 3-0 in the ODI series at the latter's home soil, for the first time in the history.

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Team India defeated West Indies 3-0 in the ODI series and demonstrated their dominance even without the assistance of their most seasoned players like Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rishabh Pant. No other Indian side, no matter how dominant, had ever been able to accomplish this unusual achievement, but the Shikhar Dhawan-led side thrashed West Indies in their own backyard and scripted history.

Skipper Dhawan won the toss and decided to bat first in the third ODI, which had greater significance for West Indies than for India. He opened alongside Shubman Gill, and the duo patiently scored their respective half-centuries without allowing the Caribbean team a lot of opportunities. Hayden Walsh Jr. dismissed Dhawan (58 off 74), but Gill continued.

Dhawan’s wicket brought a brief pause in the game, which was then shortened to 40 overs per side due to a rain delay. As the game resumed, top-order batter Shreyas Iyer (44 off 34) and Gill went berserk against the West Indies bowlers. With the number of overs being cut short, it looked like the duo had a 300+ score in their mind as they smashed the bowlers for multiple boundaries all over the ground.

After another downpour, the umpires decided to end the Indian innings, giving West Indies some reprieve. Gill, who was nearing his century and was on 98* at the time, was denied any additional opportunities to reach his maiden international ton. As a result, India finished off the innings at 225/3 in 36 overs.

Indian bowlers storm through the West Indies lineup

West Indies, in reply, were bundled out for 137 in 26 overs in response to the modified DLS target of 257 from 35 overs, thanks in large part to Mohammed Siraj‘s nearly faultless first over with the new ball. Under pressure, the West Indies lineup crumbled like a cookie, and none of their batters could continue or take on the Indian attack.

With 42 runs each, Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran had the highest individual total. Shai Hope, the opening batter, was unable to make much of an impact as he was trapped by Yuzvendra Chahal’s spin when batting on 22. Additionally, the team’s situation was not helped by the fact that seven batters couldn’t reach the double-figure mark, of which four fell for a duck.

Chahal’s 4/17 in four overs, Shardul Thakur’s 2/17 in five overs, and Siraj’s 2/14 in three overs helped India seal the deal as the West Indies batters were dished out cheaply for 137 runs, and India won the final ODI by a whopping 119 runs. Shubman Gill was named the Player of the Match and the Player of the Series as well.

Meanwhile, here’s how Twitter reacted to India’s triumph: