It is hard to overemphasize the importance of Shai Hope for West Indies as the prolific batsman emerged as an extremely strong and consistent performer for his country. While his Test cricket needs some fixing, it is hardly an argument when it comes to ODI cricket as Hope is averaging over 50 with 8 centuries and 15 half-centuries.
Recently, Hope’s white-ball dominance was reaffirmed with the fact that he became the fastest West Indian batsman to reach 3000 ODI runs. Doing so in 67 innings, he managed to beat the great Viv Richards who did it 69 innings.
Moreover, the 26-year old also became the second fastest batsman to achieve this feat as he went past Pakistan’s run machine Babar Azam who scored 3000 ODI runs in his 68th innings. Nevertheless, Hashim Amla’s record of 3000 ODI runs in 57 innings stayed safe.
Coming into the final ODI of the three-game series against India, the wicket-keeper batsman needed to score 35 runs to enter the 3000 ODI runs club. He did so, but failed to go big and record a match defining innings as he was dismissed by paceman Mohammed Shami after scoring 42 runs.