India vs West Indies 1st T20I at Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Windies 2.0 is here and ready to play the format they love! They have a different look to the side, compared to the ODI squad. Having been blanked by India in Tests and then losing the ODI series 3-1, the World T20 Champions are geared-up for the last phase of their tour, i.e. T20 series and they would be raring to sign off in style. They will play go at loggerheads with a formidable Rohit Sharma-led India in the first of three T20s at Eden Gardens on Sunday sans Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni. Eden Gardens has been a witness to one of the finest pain-relieving memories in West Indies’ recent history, who can forget 2016…
Meanwhile, one of their biggest match-winners Andre Russell and Sunil Narine will be missed big.
So, does the Windies team have a realistic chance of competing or hurting India in their backyard? If so, who are the players who could emerge as game-changers?
He will have great memories from the venue as this is the place where Brathwaite’s success story begun, as he smashed four consecutive sixes against England to lead the team to hold the T20 World Cup title for the second time in the history of the T20 World Cups. Thus, he can re-live his dream moment by giving a tough fight to India.
Remember the Name, Carlos?
He is the most experienced T20 player in the current West Indian side. In CPL 2018, he scored 330 runs off just 9 matches at an average of 47 with a strike rate of 159.
Not only can he tonk sixes at will but also chip in with the ball that makes him a valuable cricketer. And, his fielding skills, as well as his IPL experience will also help the West Indies to give a tough fight to India. So, with all three aspects i.e., Batting, Bowling and Fielding he can haunt India in this T20 series.
Big Beefy Pollard is Back!
He had a fairytale ODI series against the team like India. In the first two ODI matches, he scored 106 off 78 balls and 94 off 64 balls, respectively. His 37 runs off 21 balls cameo in the third ODI helped West Indies to set the target of 284 runs, which led West Indies to level the series by 1-1. Also, he was the third-highest run scorer in CPL 2018, as he scored 440 runs at an average of 40 with a strike rate of 148. His current form will be a matter of concern for the Indian bowlers.
See full squads of both teams:
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (WK), Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas