Venkatesh Prasad strongly criticized the performances of Hardik Pandya and Rahul Dravid in white-ball cricket, along with their questionable strategic decisions throughout the series. The decisive match took place on Sunday at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, Florida. Team India, unfortunately, faced a significant defeat in this match, leading to a 3-2 series loss to the West Indies.

Despite optimistic hopes for a remarkable comeback in the T20I series against the West Indies, those aspirations were shattered as the home team secured an impressive eight-wicket victory. This marked a historic achievement for the West Indies, securing their first-ever bilateral series victory against India. Following the unexpected loss, former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad openly expressed his dissatisfaction. He directed his criticism towards the team’s captain, Hardik Pandya, and the head coach, Rahul Dravid. Prasad didn’t hold back in rebuking their underwhelming performances in white-ball cricket and their questionable decision-making throughout the series.

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During the fifth and final T20I match of the series, India opted to bat first. Suryakumar Yadav emerged as the sole fighter against the challenging Windies’ bowling attack. He managed to score 61 runs off 45 balls, contributing to India’s total of 165 for nine. However, the remarkable 107-run partnership between Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran brought the West Indies within reach of victory. Shai Hope eventually sealed the deal, successfully completing the chase. The West Indies achieved the target of 166 runs with two overs to spare.

In the aftermath of the series loss, Venkatesh Prasad reiterated his previous remark about India being a “very ordinary limited-overs side.” This statement had originally been made when India was trailing 0-2 in the series against the West Indies. Prasad emphasized the team’s lackluster performance in the ODI series and also highlighted their defeat against Bangladesh in the 50-over format from the previous year.

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