India vs West Indies 1st T20I Match Preview
New-look India take on West Indies in the T20I opener
1st T20I India vs West Indies 1st T20I, India raised their game in the final two games of the one-day series to clinch the one-day series against West Indies. Rohit Sharma will lead the T20 side for this three-match series as Virat Kohli has been rested ahead of India’s tour to Australia. Sharma previously did a splendid as the leader as India went on to clinch their seventh Asia Cup in September in the UAE.
On the other hand, West Indies are T20 World Champions but have failed to produce consistency in the format. They lost their previous home series against Bangladesh played in August.
India vs West Indies 1st T20I Team News
Team News (India)
Rohit Sharma will captain India for this three-match T20I series. The side has managed to win six T20 series on the trot. Since August 2016, India has won 19 games out of 27 played in the T20 format.
Sharma has topped the batting charts for India since last two years. He has scored 794 runs in 24 matches at an average of 36.09 with two centuries to his name. Lokesh Rahul was impressive in the three-match T20I series against England played in July.
Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey have been consistent performer for India in the T20 format. Rishabh Pant will be first-choice keeper for India in the three-match series.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will play this game as the duo has been excellent for India in this format. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jaspreet Bumrah will take the new-ball for India.
West Indies Team News
West Indies will be led by Carlos Brathwaite, who will be hoping that his side can put up a fight against India in this series. Darren Bravo, Sherfane Rutherford and Nicholas Pooran are accomplished players in the T20 format and did well in the Caribbean Premier League.
Shimron Hetymer has been in-form batsman for the side on this tour and did exceedingly well with the bat in the one-day series. The left-handed batsman will certainly be keen to continue his rich vein of form.
Kieron Pollard and Dinesh Ramdin are experienced players that will strengthen the lineup. Obed McCoy, Kharry Pierre, Oshane Thomas and Fabian Allen are bowling options for West Indies.
Mr. “Remember the name” is back where it all started in 2016. Carlos Brathwaite and the WINDIES will be in action on November 4 at Eden Gardens for the 1st T20 International vs @BCCI.#WIvIND #WindiesCricket #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/jzowd3RJM5
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) November 3, 2018
India vs West Indies Probale 11
Likely XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Rishabh Pant (w), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Likely XI: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Kieran Powell, Dinesh Ramdin, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Kemo Paul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Obed McCoy.