“There were nerves in the end”, Says Shikhar Dhawan in WI vs IND ODI Post Match Presentation 

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WI vs IND ODI Post Match Presentation
India beats West Indies by 3 runs in the first ODI(Image: BCCI)

WI vs IND ODI Post Match Presentation: Indian stand-in ODI captain Shikhar Dhawan who missed his 18th ODI century by just 3 runs in the first ODI against West Indies feels disappointed to not get the well-deserved century.

WI vs IND ODI Post Match Presentation Speech by Dhawan

During the India tour of the West Indies, under Shikhar Dhawan, the men in blue were scheduled to play 3 ODI matches on July 22, 24, and 27 in Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

In the first ODI match, after winning the toss West Indies decides to bowl first. In the absence of star openers, Dhawan along with Shubman Gill opened the inning and laid a strong foundation by scoring 119 runs for the first wicket.

Shikhar Dhawan who poses threat to the bowling team loses his wicket while scoring 97 runs and becomes the jointly second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to get dismissed – the most number of times in the “Nervous Nineties”.

Following his dismissal, with Shreyas Iyer‘s 54 runs team India crossed 300 run mark and scored 308 runs with a boundary of the last delivery from Shardul Thakur.

“Disappointed not to get the 100 but it was a good effort by the team. We got a good score in the end. There were nerves in the end and did not expect it to turn that way. We kept our cool and one small change in the end where we pushed the fine leg back and that really helped us.

West Indies on the other hand gave nightmares to the Indian bowlers and leads the team to a situation where the Windies were in need of 15 runs off the last over.

Siraj who bowled the last over gave 10 runs off the first 5 deliveries and leads to a nail-biting situation where the host needed 5 runs off the final ball. READ: How to Watch West Indies vs India Live Telecast in India and in Your Location

Siraj puts all his experience and restricts Shepherd from hitting high. India registered their first ODI victory of the series by 3 run margin. Indian captain and the player to score the most runs in the match has been named as the player of the match.

The discussion was to use the bigger side as much as we can and we want to keep on learning and make ourselves better for the rest of the competition,” said Dhawan in a post-match presentation.

The second Test of the 3 match ODI series is scheduled to play on July 24 in Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. West Indies needs to win the match to stay alive in the tournament.