The World Cup is over, but the hangover is still there. The upcoming India tour of West Indies will probably help cricket fans to move on from the World Cup hangover. India will play three T20Is to start the tour. West Indies are world beaters in this format currently. Also, they have players who suit this format to the T.
India too are a strong team in this format. They will look to win everything on the tour to silence critics of the alleged rift that’s brewing in the Indian dressing room.
Nevertheless, India vs West Indies, especially in T20Is, has promised some great matches. Cricwizz takes a look at top performances in India vs West Indies T20Is.
Darren Sammy’s 4/16 at Port of Spain in 2011
Captain Sammy bowled the spell of his life in T20Is in this match. Coming in as first-change, he dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for 5, before dismissing the dangerous Virat Kohli. He also took the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Suresh Raina to reduce India to 56/4 in 9 overs. He bowled 11 dot balls and conceded just 16 runs in his 4 overs. However, other bowlers could not match up and allowed India to get out of jail and score a competitive 159/6 with S Badrinath making a useful cameo of 43. However, Sammy’s heroics came in a losing cause as West Indies were restricted to 143/5 to lose by 16 runs. India won the one-off match.
Evin Lewis’ 125* at Kingston in 2017
India were playing the one-off T20I at West Indies. India were asked to bat first and scored a par total of 190/6 with Dinesh Karthik top-scoring with 48. However, West Indies made a mockery of the target, with Evin Lewis smashing his way to 125* off 62 balls with 12 sixes and 6 fours. Lewis single-handedly saw Windies home with a brutal knock as Indian bowlers and fielders were left as mute spectators. Mohammed Shami conceded 46 runs in his 3 overs.
Rohit Sharma’s 111* against West Indies at Lucknow in 2018
Rohit led from the front in the second ODI with India leading 1-0 in the series. Rohit slammed 111 not out off 61 balls with 8 fours and 7 sixes to steer India to 195/2. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit combined to put 123 runs for the 1st wicket. West Indies crumbled under the tall chase and were restricted to 124/9 to lose the match by 71 runs. Rohit was named man of the match for his brilliant century.
KL Rahul’s 110* against WI at Lauderhill in 2016
India were asked to chase 246 on a batting-friendly wicket. Evin Lewis cracked a ton to set up the big total. India were up for the challenge with KL Rahul leading the chase, with a ton. Earlier, it was Rohit Sharma’s 28-ball 62 that had set up the chase. And Rahul just carried forward the momentum. He took India to the doorstep of victory. But a brilliant last over from Dwayne Bravo saw West Indies win the match by a run. With 2 runs needed off 1 ball, MS Dhoni holed out to Marlon Samuels off Bravo. Rahul was heartbroken as he remained unbeaten on 51-ball 110* with 12 fours and 5 sixes.
Lendl Simmons’ 82* at Mumbai in 2016 World T20 semis
Virat Kohli played a gem of an innings (89*) to help India post an above-par total of 192/2 in 2016 World T20 semis. But Lendl Simmons overshadowed Kohli’s knock with a match-winning score of 82*. He rode his luck to take Windies across the finish line and into the final. He scored 51-ball 82* with 7 fours and 5 sixes. Simmons was ruthless in his knock, ending a billion hopes with his power hitting.