"One Series Doesn't Matter": Hardik Pandya's Blunt Take On India's Loss
West Indies vs India: Complacency and lack of clear 'process' hurt India in their T20I series against the West Indies. The N0.1-ranked side was handed a harsh reality check by the hosts who punched above their weight under a new leadership group. "Losing is good at times," Captain Hardik Pandya said after India were comfortably outclassed by 8 wickets in the fifth and final T20I of a 5-match series against the West Indies in Trinidad on Sunday, August 13. It was Hardik's first defeat as captain a T20I series. It was India's first bilateral series defeat since the tour of Sri Lanka in 2021. Also, it was India's first defeat in a 5-match T20I series. Head coach Rahul Dravid, much like Hardik Pandya, conceded that the team was disappointed but added that the team management will not look too much into it and highlighted the positives of the tour on Sunday. It can be easy to brush this loss aside as a blip in otherwise good showings in bilateral tours. However, questions have to be asked of the team management as India went down without a fight in the 5th and final T20I.