Format shrinks but West Indies looms large for India

04 November, 2018, 22:55 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Sachin Tendulkar Weighs In On MS Dhoni

Preview: The "end of Dhoni era" notion has been dismissed unequivocally but then India, for the first time, will still be without the figure with a monumental body of work when they face West Indies in the opening T20 International Sunday.

In the spin department, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will look to continue their chemistry, and India have also named uncapped Krunal Pandya and Shahbaz Nadeem, who returned with a record List A figures of 8/10 for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The Windies are a different team when it comes to T20s, with the likes of Keiron Pollard, Andre Russell, skipper Carlos Brathwaite, Dareen Bravo and latest sensation Shimron Hetmyer in their ranks.

West Indies have gotten the better of India in their recent meetings.

From India's perspective, Rohit will be looking to lead by example at a venue where he has set a few landmarks. He was the most prolific scorer after captain Kohli in the preceding ODIs where he struck a couple of big hundreds and a 63.

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Rishabh Pant has been included in the squad in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Rishabh Pant also adds to the tricky middle order combination.

The flashy and hard-hitting all-rounder was a part of Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL and went to Dubai to take part in the Afghanistan Premier League where he played one game for Nangarhar Leopards on October 9. This apart, the side will expect K.L. Rahul, who is now ranked No. 3 in the ICC's batting rankings, to come good. The most probable option to be left out out of these 12 looks to be Yuzvendra Chahal as Krunal Pandya provides an all-round option at number seven.

Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed make debut in T20I for India on Sunday. They have not lost to India in previous four encounters and they will bank on happy memories of their previous encounter at the Eden Gardens when current captain Carlos Brathwaite hit four sixes in the final over against England to hand Windies their second WT20 trophy in 2014.

The first T20I will start at 7 pm local time and 2:30 pm BST.

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