Team India began their World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-25 cycle with a bang as they defeated West Indies 1-0 in the two-match Test series. They missed a chance to clean sweep the host as rain spoiled day five of the last or second Test. Now, the Men in Blue are scheduled to play a three-match ODI series.
This series will begin the preparation for them for the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup in India. However, the Windies failed to get qualified for the mega event. It was another heartbreaking moment for the two-time ODI World Cup champions and their fans. Meanwhile, India hold a unique record against them as they are currently unbeaten in the last 15 consecutive ODI bilateral series.
India last lost a bilateral ODI series against West Indies in 2006
In 2006, the Windies defeated India in an ODI bilateral series for the last time. They won that five-match series 4-1 despite losing the series opener. After that, India have managed to remain unbeaten in 15 consecutive ODI series, whether at home or away conditions. In 2022, the Men in Blue managed a clean sweep 3-0 in a three-match ODI series. Speaking of the upcoming series, many players like Yuzvendra Chahal, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, and Hardik Pandya will be in action.
Recently, an image went viral where these players were seen enjoying the Caribbean sea along with backroom staff. India announced their squad for the series before the tour while the Windies announced their squad on 25 July. However, some fans did not find this record to be proud of as India have failed to win major titles despite winning bilateral series with ease since 2013 across all three formats. Even, the Windies defeated them in the semi-final of the 2016 20-20 World Cup in India.
West Indies squad: Shai Hope (c), Rovman Powell (vc), Alick Athanaze, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Dominic Drakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales, Romario Shepherd, Kevin Sinclair and Oshane Thomas.
India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik.
Here is how fans have reacted:
Ye disqualified teams ke sath kyu khelte hai, jho quality hue hai unke sath kelna chahiye tha 🥲
— Scorpion 🦂 (@chuprahakaro) July 25, 2023
Bilateral kings 🥵
— PHENOMENAL (@CYANIIIV) July 25, 2023
— ⓥ (@superb_fan7) July 25, 2023
Bilateral kings 🥵🥵
— Lunatic Head (@LunaticHead1) July 25, 2023
Since my birth year wi never won😎😂
— Tanmay_Pokharkar (@TanmayPokharkar) July 25, 2023
In 2016 T20 WC SEMI FINAL lost against this WI
— Tyson (@tyson_cr7) July 25, 2023
Every time India is lost in an ICC tournament we will have series vs minnows. After the WTC final defeat we had the Windies series.
— E=MC^2 (@Hyperphysics23) July 25, 2023
Following the same roadmap
Winning bilateral ✅
Choking in WC ✅
— Who cares? (@Retired__hurt) July 25, 2023
Sirf bilateral hi Jeet sakte hai
— Vaibhav™ (@Titan_boyies) July 25, 2023