Shikhar Dhawan Nicholas Pooran
Shikhar Dhawan and Nicholas Pooran. Image: Twitter

Team India on Wednesday swept West Indies 3-0 in the ODI series at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

India opener Shubman Gill made run-a-ball 98 and remained unbeaten before the rain showers halted India’s innings at 225/3 in 36 overs. West Indies was set to chase a revised target of 257 in 35 overs.

Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed four wickets while Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur picked two wickets each. West Indies were bowled out for 137 with Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran scoring 42 each.

Shikhar Dhawan fourth Indian captain to whitewash in an away ODI series

Shikhar Dhawan, who led in the absence of Rohit Sharma in the ODI leg, achieved an incredible feat after handing the hosts a whitewash in the series. Dhawan became the fourth Indian captain to win all the ODI matches in an overseas tour.

Shikhar Dhawan. PC- AFP
Shikhar Dhawan. PC- AFP

List of Indian captains winning all matches of an overseas ODI series

  • Virat Kohli vs Zimbabwe – 5-0 in 2013
  • Ajinkya Rahane vs Zimbabwe – 3-0 in 2015
  • MS Dhoni  vs Zimbabwe – 3-0 in 2016
  • Virat Kohli vs Sri Lanka – 5-0 in 2017
  • Shikhar Dhawan vs West Indies- 3-0 in 2022

Was happy with the way I played: Shikhar Dhawan

Dhawan led the Indian team for the second time after he was named captain of a second-string side in Sri Lanka last year. The southpaw scored 168 runs in this series at 56 with 97 coming off his blade in the series opener.

I feel the boys are young, but they played maturely. The way they handled themselves on the field, really proud them. Very good signs for us. I am quite pleased with my form, I have been playing this format for a long time. I was happy with the way I played that knock, in the first ODI. And even today, happy with my performance,” Dhawan said in the post-match presentation.

Shikhar Dhawan-Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan. Photo Credit: (BCCI)

“The way all the boys responded, it was pretty amazing. We feel lucky to come here, we are thankful to the crowd. They make us more popular. I am proud of our bowling unit, they gave their hundred per cent. The way Siraj took those two wickets, and the way Shardul and others bowled,” he added.

This was the third instance of a team clean sweeping an opponent twice in a calendar year. Earlier in February, India defeated West Indies with a similar margin in the three-match ODI series.

Zimbabwe is the first team to achieve this feat against Bangladesh in 2001. Five years later Bangladesh repeated the achievement against Kenya.

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