and that's 3-0! Short ball outside off, looks to pull, and Kohli at deep midwicket backtracks to hold on. India win by 96 runs
That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. As Rohit picks up the trophy, its time for us to say goodbye too. But its a very short goodbye, the T20I series begins next Wednesday, and of course the IPL auction this weekend. See you around, this is Sreshth Shah, and on behalf of Sidharth Monga and Chandan Duorah, we say thank you for your company.
Winning captain Rohit:"Not looking at those (personal win numbers). We have ticked a lot of boxes this series. Whatever we wanted to get out of the series, we got what we wanted. The noise will be around as long as we are playing. We know we are playing a high-profile sport in India and people look up to us and watch us. As players and individuals, we know what we need to focus on. The outside noise doesn't bother the dressing room. As long as we can come out and do what we are expected to do, that is very important. (Prasidh) We wanted bowlers to get bounce off the pitch, we had somebody who could come and bowl those lengths and ask those questions to the batters. It was good to see our fast bowlers, was impressed even with Siraj the way we bowled. And Shardul, Deepak got the opportunity at different times. Both Kuldeep and Chahal are crucial players for us. They have done well together as a group, especially Kuldeep since Chahal was very much in the plan but Kuldeep went off the radar a little bit. It was important to get him back, and get him back slowly. We do understand what he/they bring to the table, give them confidence and for them to try and do what's expected from them to do. We start expecting things little early, and we are pretty sure we can see them back together very soon. (Middle order today) With the top order not firing, it was good for the middle order to bail us out. Today they got us to a respectable total. This was the biggest positive."
Prasidh Krishna is the Player of the Series. He says: "Now that I've been practicing and played a few Vijay Hazare matches I have a few overs in me and am in rhythm. Anything going to the keeper or the slips, I like that kind of wickets. Today both wickets I got, it was quite nice to see the ball got the carry and good to have people behind who won't miss out when you create an opportunity. When you are running in and see the ball flying to the keeper, its what any fast bowler wants. The kind of guys we have in the team, everybody is good and we've been learning from each other. Anybody who turns up can do very well - that's the team effort. Still being grounded that way, its a team effort. If we look at the three games, we batted quite well even though the wicket had something."
Shreyas Iyer is the Player of the Match He says: "To be honest, life was really tough for me last two months. Had an infection and Covid, but this day has summed up for all those days. I am flexible to bat anywhere but No. 4 is the best number to bat at. If I am thrown into a pressure situation like today, I thrive on it and enjoy those moments. When I go in, like today's situation, I had to play off the new ball. For that you need to have good skill and play close to the body. From there you need to set the rhythm through the innings. Its not easy, but if you focus on your skills you can do it."
Pooran, the losing captain: "Wonderful opportunity. Must say congratulations to Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid - first white-ball series victory for them. The way we bowled in the series was wonderful. We have a lot of work to do with bowling and batting, more so batting this series. The way the boys bowled was fantastic. It seems like we are better at the shorter format, but we need to put in work in the longer format."
9pm We can see Rohit Sharma having a quiet chat with Kuldeep Yadav by the sidelines. The presentation should come soon.
Siva : "Iyer. MOM. Krishna. MOS. " -- Good call! Between Iyer and Chahar for MoM I guess.
Stat alert: 22.98 - average runs per wicket in the IND-WI series. Lowest in any ODI series/tournament in India.
Akhil: "27.1-4-68-9: these exceptional bowling figures are not from a test match, but are collective bowling figures of Prasidh from three matches of this series against an attacking batting side. What a bowler!"
8.48pm Reactions with Siraj and Chahar.
Siraj: "It was swinging in the first game. The second and third game it was less swing but it was. We wanted to use the swing in the new ball. (Dropped catches) They are part of the game. And then players can also take unbelievable catches. I moved on next ball, and focused on my bowling areas. Just focused on my bowling. When Smith came, he is a T20 player, so I thought I'll bowl him quick back of a length. If he hits me from there, then its a good shot. Eventually was successful. The scrambled seam is my wicket-taking ball. Even in red-ball it works. And then I also do outswing and inswing, so the scrambled seam can help me take wickets."
Chahar: "I want to do well with bat, ball or fielding when playing. I was bowling well and could've bowled a few better areas. (Batting) I try to play to the situation. We had lots of overs left when I came in. But it was difficult to bat due to the bounce. So I tried to target the spinners. I could've played 2-3 more overs. (When ball is now swinging) This wicket was different. You just have to pick the length since there was bounce. On flatter wickets, I need to do more pace and length variations. I have learnt a lot while batting with a bowling machine that if there isn't a variation then it is easy for a batter."
8.45pm And that's the first time India have done a clean sweep over West Indies in an ODI series. A happy, smiling Rohit Sharma leads the team out. The middle order bailed out the top order, and after that the bowlers did the job. Odean Smith entertained with his 18-ball 36, and Joseph-Walsh displayed some resistance, but eventually the poor batting start made West Indies' chase of the target too difficult.
Virat is somewhere in the middle of the handshakes. We can see Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard having a chat. The mood is light, and we'll soon have the presentation ceremony.
Vikash: "I have to say this. Rohit is a phenomenal captain but I miss the passion of Virat. "
Siraj tries a yorker, which Roach keeps out
tucked away to leg gully but on the bounce as Siraj stays around the ribs
Over the wicket now. Calls in a slip too
slips in the fuller one, Roach right behind it in defence
short, down the leg side, India appeal for a catch to prevent the wide call. They succeed
Kemar Roach is the last man in. Siraj goes round the wicket with a leg gully and a short leg
that should end the frustration. Siraj chases Walsh with a cross-seam short ball, takes the glove, and Rohit takes the catch at leg gully and throws the ball into the ground to release the frustration of the last few overs
short, into the body, hits Walsh in the arm even as he backs away
A leg gully and a short square leg. Siraj goes over the wicket. Doesn't look pleased. He has had two catches dropped off his bowling
sharp turn and bounce, kisses the pad down the leg side and Pant fails to catch up with it. Two leg-byes
turning into the pads again, leg slip fields off the pad
flatter, into the pads, pushed to midwicket
slightly shorter than half-volley, and Joseph defends
tossed up outside off, and with a mid-off up, this half-volley is asking for trouble. He goes all the way for a six over mid-off
stays back to punch this length ball back to him
wide down the leg side
opens the face on this defensive shot but can't beat the man at point
short of a length, defended back to him
Over the wicket to Walsh
dropped by Krishna at long leg. I think it is the rope behind him playing on his mind. Siraj bowls the perfect short ball, draws the top edge, and Krishna only needs to stretch his hands overhead as he is a tall man. However, he has misjudged and leapt a little, and is hit on the bottom of the wrist
on a length, middle and leg, defended
There's a leg gully in place
opens up his stance to fend this back to Siraj
dug in shirt, into the ribs, hits him in the midriff as he pulls and misses
Round the wicket goes Siraj
|Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad|
|Toss||India, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||India won the 3-match series 3-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 4356|
|Match days||11 February 2022 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||India 10, West Indies 0|