Port of Spain: Captain Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill continued their positive run with scintillating half-centuries in the rain-hit third ODI against West Indies here on Wednesday. when the sky opened, India Scored 115 for 1 in 24 overs with Gill and Shreyas Iyer at the crease.
Dhawan, India’s highest run-getter in the format in the last two years, scored his second half-century and so did the young Gill, who may have discovered some breathing territory in the format after this series. The duo added 113 runs for the opening stand, their second hundred-plus partnership in the series, with Dhawan scoring his second half-century (58 off 74 balls) after 97 in the opening game.
Dhawan’s innings had seven fours, while Gill was playing 51 runs in 65 balls with the help of three fours and one six. He had fixed Iyer on two. Dhawan was dismissed when he tried to hit a googly from Hayden Walsh on the flip side and Nicholas Pooran took a simple catch at mid-wicket.
While the context of bilateral ODI cricket is being questioned time and again, the team would certainly have given head coach Rahul Dravid some of the players thought he would want to invest in going into the next year. World Cup in India. Gill will surely be one of them, with scores of 64, 43 and 51 not out in three matches. He may have hit the big three-figure mark in the first two games and what is hanging is his means of controlling the pace.
Within the first game, he let Dhawan drop anchor and paid a price to the Windies bowlers himself, while in the closing game, Gill played a second fiddle for Dhawan, though the six he hit was a monstrous one. He picked leg-spinner Walsh’s size early on and slammed him for six long long-ons of 104 metres.
While Gill was the extra extreme of the wicket, Dhawan did not disappoint his followers with some beautiful timing, mainly through the area of the cowl and canopy level. The slow nature of the monitors meant that each needed to verify some of their photographs as the ball was not hitting the bat properly.