Former India coach Ravi Shastri put forth his point about Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel. While commentating during the first T20I against West Indies, Shastri opined Jadeja and Axar Patel might add balance to the team. He said that they both have been in tremendous form and appreciated Jadeja for his improvement.
“Jadeja has improved vastly. He has realised his potential,” Shastri said. He added that Axar Patel had realised his importance and contributed well. Shastri opined that both players can do wonders if they carry on with the momentum.
“I think, on this tour, even Axar Patel has realised that he wasn’t doing justice to his potential as a batsman. Both of these players have a lot of talent when it comes to the batting department. They will add a lot of balance to the Indian team if they continue in this fashion,” Shastri added.
India won the ODI series under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan. He furthered India to a 3-0 win over West Indies, and he graced the Indian team to become the first in thirty-nine years to defeat West Indies in ODIs in West Indies. Shubman Gill was declared the “Player of the Series”. The batter amassed 205 runs at an average of 102.50 in three matches. He remained unbeaten in the third match at 98.
T20Is off to a grand start for India
India won the first T20I by 68 runs. Rohit Sharma top scored with 64 runs. Dinesh Karthik, the finisher, made a fiery 41 off just 19 balls. West Indies bowlers did make an impact but not in such a way that would have restricted India below 150. Crossing the 150-mark looked gloomy for India at one point. However, Dinesh Karthik’s fireworks ensured that they zipped past by the 150-mark.
West Indies innings never looked it taking off. They tumbled from the beginning and struggled to make it to the end. With the fall of first wicket, they started to deflate further. And with the batting that never looked involved in the match, they fell short by 68 runs.