Team India registered their sixth consecutive series against West Indies in the shortest format, once again India ensured they got off to a winning start and a margin of 4-1 says heaps about their performance. The West Indies have not been on the same side we knew earlier but they are considered a great force in the shortest format as they stand to be the only team to have won the T20 World cup on two occasions. 

This series loss accompanied by the one previous one against Bangladesh will have definitely set back the side, considering that this series was meant to prepare them for the upcoming World cup. Yes, there were a few positive outcomes but they do seem to have a lot of work to be done prior to the mega tournament. Windies did show some resistance but it was the Indians who came out on top on more than often occasions.

Let us take a look at the stats and records that were broken in the five-match T20I series. 

The Indian skipper’s unfortunate moment

As a skipper, Rohit Sharma once again impressed one another with his bold and tactical usage of the bowlers. However, his batting has been not upto the mark, at least from what we have seen of the Hitman. The 35-year-old now holds a record that he will not cherish, he became just the third Indian batter after KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw to be dismissed off the very first ball of the inning. Sharma also holds the record for the most ducks by an Indian in the shortest format (8 occasions). 

Obed McCoy wrecks team India

The 25-year-old Windies pacer played a key role in helping Windies win the 2nd T20I of the series, his performance was key in helping his side evade another white-wash one should say. He destroyed the Indian batting line-up by picking six wickets in his quota of four overs. In the procedure, the right-arm pacer also became just the first West Indies player to pick six wickets in a T20I, and with figures of 6/17 he also now holds the best bowling figures by any player against team India in the shortest format. 

Only five players to date have managed to pick 6 wickets in a T20I and Ajantha Mendis stands to be the only player to manage the feat on two occasions. 

Six-fers in T20Is among Full Members

6/7 Deepak Chahar v Ban Nagpur 2019

6/8 Ajantha Mendis v Zim Hambantota 2012

6/16 Ajantha Mendis v Aus Pallekele 2011

6/17 Obed McCoy v Ind Basseterre 2022 *

6/25 Yuzvendra Chahal v Eng Bengaluru 2017

6/30 Ashton Agar v NZ Wellington 2021

The pacer could not enjoy his success for long as the very next match witnessed him leak 66 runs in his quota of four overs, making it the most expensive spell by a West Indian bowler in T20Is.

Indians make easy work at Basseterre

The 3rd T20I saw team India chase down 164 runs at the slow track of Basseterre, credit to Suryakumar Yadav, who played a match-winning knock of 76 off 44 balls. The venue is known to be a tough track to chase down scores and for a reason, the chase stands to be an excellent one, the chase now stands to be the highest successful chase in T20Is in Basseterre. Any guesses on the previous one? It was 147 by the Windies against Afghanistan back in 2017. 

The impeccable Hardik Pandya

The star Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya ever since returning from his back injury has been a different player and he has been in the form of his life. He became the first ever skipper of an IPL team to win the cup on his captaincy debut and no time was wasted by the board in awarding him the captaincy shot at the highest level. 

The newly appointed Indian Vice-captain in the shortest format made his way into the records book by becoming the first ever Indian player to score 500 runs and pick 50 plus wickets in T20Is. Given his current form and caliber, he is expected to give the record keepers a tough time.

List of players who have managed to pick 50 wickets and score 500 plus runs in T20Is

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Hitman adds another feather to his cap

The Indian skipper despite having a mediocre series somehow once again managed to shatter some important milestones in the game. The 35-year old during his cameo in the 4th T20I smoked Akeal Hossein for a massive six in the 5th over to overtake the former Pakistan skipper’s record of 476 sixes in International cricket. He is now ranked 2nd in the list of most sixes by a player in International cricket. Well, most of you might be knowing the No.1, yes, it is the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle, with a staggering number of 553 sixes under his belt. Can Sharma overtake him?

Most sixes in international cricket:

Chris Gayle: 553

Rohit Sharma: 477

Shahid Afridi: 476

Brendon McCullum: 398

Martin Guptill: 379

# Rohit also went passed Martin Guptill’s tally of 3446 T20Is runs and now is 41 runs ahead of the kiwi opener. With 3487 runs in the shortest format, he is ranked No.1 on the list. Can he become the first player to cross the 4000 run-mark?

A thrashing finish to the final encounter

The final match of the 5-match series saw the Indians make easy work of the Windies side. The West Indies who were given an uphill task of chasing down 189 at the pitch were more in favor of the bowlers and were completely outplayed by the Indian spinners. The margin of 88 runs is the highest win in terms of runs between the two sides in the shortest format. The match also witnessed a unique feat as it was for the first time in T20Is that all the 10 wickets of an innings were claimed by the spinners.

Axar Patel3-1-15-3
Kuldeep Yadav4-1-12-3
Ravi Bishnoi2.4-0-16-4

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