- Windies lost the ODI series by 3-0
- Simmons gave the big reason for the defeat
Team India registered an easy victory over West Indies during the third and final ODI match played on July 27 (Wednesday). The visiting team won the rain-affected third match by 119 runs and cleaned the hosts. Now West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has revealed the reasons behind the series loss. Simmons said that they lost the series due to excellent performances from Shubman Gill and Mohammad Siraj.
Gill-Siraj showed great game
Right-handed batsman Shubman Gill played a brilliant innings of 98 not out during the third match. In the first two matches too, Gill batted brilliantly. Due to this performance, he was adjudged the player of the match. Similarly, Siraj made a great start with the ball during the third ODI and took two important wickets in an over. Siraj took a total of four wickets in three ODIs.
Phil Simmons said this thing
Simmons said in the press conference, ‘One thing? There are two. Shubman Gill batting and Mohammad Siraj bowling. Siraj performed brilliantly in the last over in the first ODI match. He was still doing well with the new ball. Shardul Thakur was also good. I think his bowling was more than ours.
“It (rain) played a role, but it was an equal opportunity for both teams,” Simmons said. We cannot use this as an excuse that the rain bothered us. I think we lost a lot of wickets chasing the target. We would have reached the target as there were ten overs left, but we lost too many wickets.
Now there will be war for T20 series
India and West Indies will face each other in a five-match T20I series starting July 29 (Friday). In the T20 series, regular captain Rohit Sharma will be seen leading the team, while wicket-keeper batsmen Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will also be seen showing their strength.