Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. (Photo: BCCI)

Team India head coach Rahul Dravid credited the young Indian players for performing well in the white-ball series against West Indies.

After thumping West Indies 3-0 in the ODI series, India handed a similar result to the visitors in the three-match T20I series. India outsmarted the Kieron Pollard-led side in the final T20I by 17 runs on Sunday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

India Cricket Team
India Cricket Team. Credits: BCCI

India whitewash West Indies 3-0 in T20I series

India defeated West Indies by six wickets in the first T20I followed by an eight-run win in a nail-biting second match. Harshal Patel, with his slower and yorker balls, deceived the opposition batters in the series.

IND vs WI: It's Been Nice To See The Younger Guys Come Through: Rahul Dravid

Debutant Ravi Bihsnoi complemented Yuzvendra Chahal in the middle overs, the 21-year-old recorded the best economy rate of 6.33 among Indian bowlers.

All-rounder Venkatesh Iyer played some handy cameos in the lower-middle order, he amassed 92 runs from three innings at the strike rate of 184. Suryakumar Yadav was adjudicated as the player of the series for accumulating 107 runs in the series at an average of 53.50, the most from an Indian batter in the series.

India Cricket Team
India Cricket Team. Credits: BCCI

It’s been a learning experience: Rahul Dravid

Dravid said that it was a learning experience for him as a coach after coming back from the South Africa tour where India lost both the ODI and Test series. The Indian head coach also mentioned it was great for the team to come back on winning the games.

“It’s been a learning experience. I’ve learnt a lot. I am not stressed too much about the results. I want the team to get better, I want to move them in the right direction. South Africa was a reality check for us in the one-day format. Test format – few things could have gone our way if we had a bit of luck,” Dravid said during a virtual press conference.

“It’s important to keep learning as a coach. Every day new things crop up. I don’t expect to not make mistakes – I am going to get stuff wrong. I’ll learn, I’ll improve and I hope to do that. I hope the team wants to do that. We want to keep going forward. We’ve learnt something from this series – it’s not about winning. We are happy to win – it’s better to win than to lose. For me, it’s been nice to see the younger guys come through,” he added.

Team India starts their bilateral series against Sri Lanka on February 24 with the three-match T20I series followed by a couple of Test matches, the first Test is scheduled to begin on March 4 in Mohali.

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