3-0 T20I series loss puts Windies on the back foot
If the recent T20I series is anything to go by, the Windies could find themselves in some serious trouble. Perhaps they could argue that two of those three matches were played outside of the Caribbean, however their domestic T20 tournament (CPL) has featured quite prominently at Lauderhill in the United States. Which ever way you choose to look at it, India aren’t an easy team to beat at any venue. One of the shining lights for India in the T20I’s was Navdeep Saini who picked up 5 wickets in the series and has made a solid case for ODI selection. Key Windies-duo Shai Hope and Chris Gayle are notable inclusions for the home side after a 3-0 drubbing in the T20’s. When it comes to one-day cricket, the West Indies are generally a competitive outfit in the Caribbean which should make for a good contest.
If the West Indies were aiming to make a statement against one of (if not) the best T20 International teams in the world, it backfired terribly. Heading into this upcoming ODI series against India, both Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer find themselves in a bit of a form slump with the bat which is the last thing this team needed. Lewis scored consecutive-ducks in the first two T20’s and managed just 10 runs for the series, while Hetmyer managed just 7 runs in three outings! Thankfully the return of both Chris Gayle and Shai Hope should give the order some stability, that could result in Evin Lewis missing out after a rather-forgettable stint in the T20’s. They’ll also be faced with the enormous-task of taking down India’s talented batting unit. The in-form Sheldon Cottrell and skipper Jason Holder are the Windies likeliest options of breaking through India’s top order, young-gun Oshane Thomas also has the potential to wreak havoc with the new ball. They have plenty of options in the form of Roston Chase, John Campbell and Keemo Paul who all missed out on World Cup selection.
India will head into this three-match series as firm favorites after a convincing 3-0 victory in the T20I’s. It’s the usual suspect who’ll be hard to conquer from a West Indies point of view, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both produced phenomenal performances in the recent ICC World Cup in England & Wales, particularity Rohit who scored a hat-trick of centuries at one point in the tournament. Veteran-seamer Mohammed Shami was electric with the ball when called upon as he collected 13 wickets over the coarse of a three-match period. It’s another selection-headache for India heading into this opening ODI, they have a number of bowlers who are putting their hand up along with the heavily-favored tactic of a twin-spin combination also factoring into the equation. With no MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant is a near-certainly to play all three games unless injury or illness forces him out. With Shikhar Dhawan back to full fitness, KL Rahul could slot in at No. 3 or potentially No. 4. That No. 4 spot in the Indian team is a heavily-debated one, Shreyas Iyer could even potentially get a look in having managed just 6 ODI’s since debuting in 2017.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS!
- Shai Hope
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Chris Gayle
- Nicholas Pooran
- Jason Holder
Wildcard pick – Carlos Brathwaite
- Rohit Sharma
- Virat Kohli
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Rishabh Pant
- Mohammed Shami
Wildcard pick – Ravindra Jadeja
West Indies (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Evin Lewis/John Campbell 3. Shai Hope (wk) 4. Nicholas Pooran 5. Shimron Hetmyer 6. Jason Holder (c) 7. Carlos Brathwaite 8. Fabian Allen 9. Kemar Roach/Keemo Paul 10. Sheldon Cottrell 11. Oshane Thomas.
India (possible) – 1. Rohit Sharma 2. Shikhar Dhawan 3. Virat Kohli (c) 4. KL Rahul/Shreyas Iyer 5. Rishabh Pant (wk) 6. Kedar Jadhav 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9. Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal 10. Mohammed Shami 11. Khaleel Ahmed.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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