India breezed through the first ODI as expected, but West Indies fought back to tie the next match at Visakhapatnam, and then register their first win of the tour with a 43-run win at Pune.
Just when the visitors were starting to punch above their weight, India reminded them of the gulf that exists between the two sides, and hammered the West Indies in the last two matches to wrap up yet another ODI series at home in style with a margin of 3-1.
It was vital for India to address few critical issues coming into the series and they were able to get two clear answers for it. They are now sure about their No 4 batsman as well as their third pace bowler. Both Ambati Rayudu and Khaleel Ahmed were exceptional in their own way and shown a lot of promise, and the onus will now be on them to carry their form over to the tour of Australia.
For West Indies, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer shone and substantiated their worth in spin-friendly conditions against world-class spinners. The biggest problem for the visitors however, was consistency and they would like to address the issue as quickly as possible along with sorting out few key positions in the team before next year’s World Cup to give enough game time to all the possible players who are vying for a spot in the team.
Let us now take a look at few records broken and created during the ODI series played between India and West Indies.
Rohit Sharma became the second player to hit 100 sixes in India after MS Dhoni during the fifth ODI. Only three other players have done it in a country in ODIs other than Dhoni and Rohit — Brendon McCullum in New Zealand, Chris Gayle in West Indies and Martin Guptill in New Zealand.
He is also the fastest to hit 200 sixes in ODIs.
West Indies’ total of 104 in the fifth ODI was their lowest against India in ODIs. India now have a 27-27 record against West Indies at home in ODIs.
This was India’s eighth consecutive bilateral ODI series win against West Indies, as well as their sixth overall ODI bilateral series win at home.
Their win against Windies by 211 balls remaining happened to be their second largest of all time in ODIs.
No Indian captain has won more 'Man of the Series' awards than Virat Kohli in ODIs. Dhoni won the 'Man of the Series' awards on four occasions.
Kohli finished the ODI series with three centuries and 451 runs, the third most by any player in a five-match bilateral ODI series.
No player has amassed more 150-plus scores in ODIs than Rohit. Moreover, Rohit is only the second player after Hamilton Masakadza (vs Kenya in 2009) to hit two 150-plus scores in an ODI series/tournament.
India’s win by 224 runs against West Indies in the fourth ODI was their biggest ever at home and also the biggest ever against a full-member nation in ODIs.
Only Sachin Tendulkar (45) has now scored more ODI centuries among Indian openers than Rohit (19), who also is the fourth fastest to 21 ODI tons.
Kohli is the only captain to hit three consecutive ODI centuries. Moreover, he is the only Indian player to do so. He is also the only player to hit four consecutive centuries against an opposition in ODIs (against West Indies).
The second ODI which played at Vizag was resulted in a tie. No team has now been involved in more tied ODIs than West Indies.
Dhoni has now been involved in six tied ODIs — the joint-most a player has been part of tied ODIs.
Rohit and Kohli’s stand of 246 runs in the first ODI was the highest ever for India while chasing in ODIs. It is also India’s highest-ever stand against West Indies in ODIs.