Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan had a blast on his first day as the captain of the Indian cricket team in the West Indies. First, after losing the toss, he came out to bat with Shubman Gill and gave India a massive opening partnership of more than 100 runs. Dhawan himself scored 97 runs and missed his century by just 3 runs.
Gill, on the other hand, was run out by Nicholas Pooran with some sluggish running between the wickets from Shubman Gill. Shreyas Iyer came up with a gritty knock of 54 runs in 57 deliveries and after Iyer’s wicket, it was a downfall in the Indian batting lineup with small contributions from the likes of Surykumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, and Axar Patel.
Watch: Shikhar Dhawan’s Antics On The Field
With all these contributions from the bat, team India managed to score 308 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. However, the hosts came all guns blazing and a century stands between Shamarh Brooks and Kyle Mayers put signs of worry in the Indian camp. Brandon King followed up with a half-century too but the Indians managed to pull off a final over win by a margin of just 3 runs.
Meanwhile, a video has emerged of Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan nailing the pushups while fielding for team India in the 2nd innings of the 1st ODI. Shikhar Dhawan left the commentators in splits with his antics on the field. It was in the 37th over of the game when he grabbed the ball at the covers and then started doing the pushups, leaving everyone watching, amused.
Watch the video of the incident here:
No one can take the cameras off this man @SDhawan25! When he’s not batting, he’s still entertaining!
— FanCode (@FanCode) July 22, 2022
Team India managed to grab their hands on the finest of victories as the game went till the final over of the match. In the final over, the West Indies needed 15 runs with Akeal Hosein and Romario Shepherd at the crease. However, Mohammed Siraj held his nerves and gave away just 12 runs to hand India a 1-0 lead in the series.
Team India will now take on West Indies in the 2nd ODI of the series on July 24 at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. The 3-match ODI series will be followed by a five-match T20I series wherein, Rohit Sharma will be leading the side with some senior pros back into the Indian squad.