Team India Sets 'Embarrassing' Record After Loss Against West Indies In T20I Series
The Asian powers were expected to sweep the West Indies in a tour that included two Tests, three One-Day Internationals, and five Twenty20 Internationals.
But the truth was quite different. The Test series ended in a 1-0 win for India, with one drawn test, and the ODI series ended in a 2-1 win for the team. But the team was in for a surprise in the shortest format.
With Nicholas Pooran in top form, West Indies defeated India 3-2, securing an improbable series victory that put the Indian team in jeopardy.
Suryakumar Yadav was the lone Indian batsman who appeared on song in the pivotal 5th T20I, smashing 61 runs off 45 balls. Tilak Varma also contributed an 18-ball 27 as the tourists scored 165 runs on a tough surface.
West Indies batters, on the other hand, were rarely bothered on the surface, with opener Brandon King leading the charge with an unbeaten 55-ball 85. Nicholas Pooran hit 47 off 35 balls, while Shai Hope added the finishing touch with a 13-ball 22.
West Indies won the fifth T20I by an eight-wicket margin, with the chase completed with two overs to spare.
With the series loss, the Indian team set some unfavourable records and milestones. They are as follows:
It marks the Indian team's first defeat in a T20i series in 25 months.
In terms of bilateral assignments, this is India's first loss to the West Indies in 17 years.
Prior to this series, India had never lost three matches in a single T20I series.
The nature of the result can be explained by the fact that the West Indies did not even qualify for the 2022 T20 World Cup. Despite playing in a different format, the West Indies team will not compete in the 2023 ODI World Cup after failing to qualify.
As a result, the result is historic from the standpoint of the hosts and shambolic from the perspective of the visitors.