Team India’s hopes of a clean sweep in the Test series against West Indies were thwarted by persistent rain at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. The drawn match denied India the chance to assert their dominance in the 2023/25 World Test Championship (WTC) points table after a convincing win in the series opener in Dominica.
India had set up the prospect of victory with remarkable performances in the second Test. A brilliant 98-run opening partnership between skipper Rohit Sharma and young talent Yashasvi Jaiswal was followed by Ishan Kishan’s maiden Test fifty, allowing India to set West Indies a formidable target of 365 runs. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin further bolstered India’s chances with twin strikes, dismissing the West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk McKenzie at the close of Day 4.
However, Day 5 brought disappointment as the rain continued to pour, washing out the entire day’s play. Despite strong hopes for an Indian victory, the relentless weather disrupted the game, leading to a draw.
Following the match, Rohit Sharma took to Twitter to express his disappointment humorously, comparing the weather in the Caribbean to his home city, Mumbai, with the tweet “Mumbai ya Trinidad.” The tweet quickly went viral, resonating with fans worldwide.
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Reflecting on the match, Rohit admitted that the team was confident of sealing the victory on Day 5 before the rain intervened. The drawn Test also caused India to slip to the second position in the WTC points table, with Pakistan claiming the top spot after their triumph against Sri Lanka in the 1st Test.
“We gave it a good shot, unfortunately we couldn’t get any play today. We actually went out with a positive intent yesterday. Rain had its final say. We were quite confident,” Rohit said in a post-match presentation.
Despite the unfortunate draw, India’s performance in the series showcased their strength and potential. With the WTC continuing, the team will look to regroup and continue their quest for success in future matches.