India’s successful three objectives against Zimbabwe

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India were top-notch in the 3-match ODI series against Zimbabwe that concluded just two days back. All the players gave brilliant performances to ensure a 15th series win over the hosts.

It all started in the first ODI where India did not lose a single wicket chasing 190 and then went on to win the second ODI by 5 wickets.

In the dead rubber though, India did face stiff competition from Zimbabwe but kept their wits about them to clinch a 13-run victory.

This series came as a great experiment and challenge for the Indian players.

And it also helped those players who don’t often play for India to get some match practice.

India had three objectives in mind when they approached this series and all three proved to be successful.

The first of these was the testing of Shubhman Gill in the middle order. Gill made a total of 245 runs at an average of 122.5 and a strike rate of 120.68.

This enabled him to earn the Player of the Series award as well as the Man of the Match for his maiden ODI ton.

Gill has shown many glimpses of his versatility in this series and even on the Windies tour.

The second objective for India was to slowly ease Deepak Chahar into the ODI fold.

Chahar was impressive in the two ODI against Zimbabwe and he was the second-highest wicket-taker in the series.

Chahar’s three wickets in the first ODI helped him win the Player of the Match award.

After this, he returned for the third ODI where he picked up 2 more wickets to add to his tally.

And finally, India gave some much-needed match practice to KL Rahul and Avesh Khan.

Although both of them were below-par in their performances in this series, still it helped them shake off some rust.

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