Last Update on: July 26th, 2023 at 11:29 am
Cricketer-turned-commentator Deep Dasgupta feels that Trinidad Test emerged as a big loss for India after it ended in a draw. The former Indian wicketkeeper feels that India failing to whitewash West Indies 2-0 is a lost opportunity.
India won the IND vs WI Test series 1-0. However, the 2nd Test ended in a draw after rains washed out the play on final day. On Day 5, West Indies needed 289 more runs to win while chasing a mountainous target of 365.
The Rohit Sharma-led side needed to grab 8 wickets to clinch a victory in the match and a clean sweep in India vs West Indies Test series. However, IND vs WI 2nd Test ended in a draw as not a single ball could be bowled on the final day of the Trinidad Test.
Trinidad Test Is Definitely A Lost Opportunity: Deep Dasgupta
While speaking to ESPNcricinfo, former India right-handed batsman Deep Dasgupta said Trinidad Test ending in a draw is a big loss for India.
“If you look at that cycle, there are quite a few tough series coming up, and quite a few away series as well. So this is, from that perspective, a very big loss.
There are absolutely no two ways about it because, at the start of the series, you’d be thinking, two Test matches, we should win it 2-0 and move on. Having said that, this is definitely an opportunity lost,” Deep Dasgupta said.
India posted a mammoth 438-10 in the 1st innings with a vivacious ton by Virat Kohli (121). Later, with Mohammed Siraj’s fifer (5/60), India bowled out West Indies for 255, capturing a 183-run lead.
Declaring batting at 182-2 in 2nd innings, the visitors set up a gigantic 365-run target for the home side. West Indies reached 76-2 on the scoreboard before the rain washed out the encounter, driving it to a draw.
West Indies Has Potential And Talent But Lack Consistency: Deep Dasgupta
Talking about West Indies, the 46-year-old said that the team has enough potential and talent but they lack consistency and experience.
“We do realise that there is enough potential and enough talent there. It is just that consistency is not there, and maybe it will only come when these players keep playing games at this level or a level closer to this.
That will only come with experience. There is experience, but not consistent enough. I think those performances will come and it was heartening to see that,” said Deep Dasgupta, who played 8 Tests and 5 ODIs for India.
Meanwhile, India defeated West Indies 1-0 in the Test series. Rohit Sharma and Co. grabbed a victory by an innings and 141 runs in the 1st Test. India and West Indies will now lock horns in a three-match ODI series starting July 27 (Wednesday).