Clear skies expected for second ODI
With plenty of anticipation surrounding this series, rain spoiled the party in the first ODI at Providence where only 13 overs in total were bowled. In conditions like this, the only thing you can do is cross your fingers and hope for a positive outcome. Thankfully, better weather is forecast at Port of Spain for the second ODI between these two nations. From the small sample we got in that opening game of the series, West Indian veteran Chris Gayle was perhaps the only major talking point to come out of the match. Gayle’s sluggish 31-ball innings produced just four runs before being dismissed by Indian leggy Kuldeep Yadav. India themselves appear to be in a bit of an experimental-phase after leaving out a couple big names at Providence including MS Dhoni who made himself unavailable for the limited-overs fixtures.
There wasn’t a lot to take out of that first match for either side, however two contrasting performances at the top of the order inside the first 13 overs for the West Indies have raised some eyebrows. It’s not very often that you see a player like Chris Gayle get bogged down at the crease, lo and behold that’s exactly what went down at Providence. Indian seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami did an outstanding job with the new ball, barely anything loose was bowled from either end making it hard for Gayle to maneuver. On the other hand, Gayle’s opening partner Evin Lewis was quick to shake off his form slump with a promising 40 not out before rain dictated terms. Will the Windies stick to their selected side for the first ODI? it’s very-likely at this stage. While Roston Chase isn’t a proven performer in this format just yet, he adds depth which is exactly what the Windies need against a potent Indian bowling attack. Shai Hope is expected to flourish in these conditions with the bat when given the opportunity, and the talented-youth they possess in their middle-order adds plenty of X factor. The question still remains, can the Windies find a way to nullify some of India’s supreme batting talents?
The decision to play Shreyas Iyer at No. 4 to start the series was a positive one, India could’ve easily stuck with KL Rahul who featured prominently in the recent ICC World Cup tournament in the UK. With Manish Pandey also likely to be given an opportunity at some point in the series, resolving this middle-order crisis in one-day cricket seems to be high on the agenda. Given Rohit and Virat’s comprehensive output in the 2019 World Cup, it’s time for some other names to stand up in Indian cricket, and that’s exactly what Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will be aiming to do at some point in this series. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and specialist leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav are expected to get more of an opportunity in Port of Spain to team up as a spin-combo, Yuzvendra Chahal is the unlucky one to miss out on this occasion. If the Windies can’t find a way to attack both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami with the new ball or at the very least rotate the strike, we could see a repeat of the T20I series. Khaleel Ahmed leaked 27 runs from just three overs which could see him slightly-under pressure to hold his spot, it would be a harsh decision though.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS!
- Shai Hope
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Jason Holder
- Nicholas Pooran
Wildcard pick – Chris Gayle
- Virat Kohli
- Rohit Sharma
- Mohammed Shami
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Rishabh Pant
Wildcard pick – Shreyas Iyer
West Indies (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Evin Lewis 3. Shai Hope 4. Shimron Hetmyer 5. Nicholas Pooran (wk) 6. Roston Chase 7. Jason Holder (c) 8. Carlos Brathwaite 9. Fabian Allen/Keemo Paul 10. Kemar Roach 11. Sheldon Cottrell.
India (possible) – 1. Rohit Sharma 2. Shikhar Dhawan 3. Virat Kohli (c) 4. Shreyas Iyer 5. Rishabh Pant (wk) 6. Kedar Jadhav 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9. Kuldeep Yadav 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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