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With a series win over WI, India wins the T20I title for the first time in six years

With a series win over WI, India wins the T20I title for the first time in six years

India completed their second consecutive T20I series clean sweep, this time against West Indies at home, with a 17-run victory in the third game in Kolkata on Sunday. The victory not only helped India win the T20I series for the first time in six years, but it also helped Rohit Sharma set a new record as the Indian Skipper. With the win, India has surpassed England to become the top-ranked T20I team on the ICC table, with a rating of 269 points. In early 2016, India was ranked first for the first time under MS Dhoni’s leadership.

India has rebounded impressively in the format folrstlowing a dismal 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE last November when they were eliminated in the group round and captain Virat Kohli stood down. India overcame New Zealand 3-0 at home last year and then beat the West Indies in a bilateral T20I series for the fi time under new skipper Rohit Sharma, making it the first time the Men in Blue had won consecutive whitewash victories in bilateral T20I series.

This was also India’s sixth whitewash victory in a bilateral T20I series, with four of them coming under Rohit’s leadership. He previously led India to series victories over Sri Lanka (3-0) in 2017/18, the West Indies (3-0) in 2018/19, and New Zealand (3-0). As a result, Rohit became the first Indian captain, and the sixth in the world, to win consecutive bilateral T20I series (minimum 3 matches). He can also join previous Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan (4) and former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed as the third captain to earn four whitewash victories in bilateral T20I series (minimum three matches) (5).

Rohit also passed Kohli for second place on the tally of most T20I wins by a skipper at home. It was Rohit’s 14th victory in 15 home games. With 15 wins apiece, Eoin Morgan and Kane Williamson are in the first place.

By TIS Staffer
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