The next stretch of exhilarating cricket affairs has already set sail and the fans are more thrilled than ever.
India is all set to tour the West Indies starting tomorrow. This tour will comprise of 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests; starting with the T20s first.All the matches will be held in America. The first T20 will be taking place in the city of Florida. Both the teams have played 11 T20 matches since 2009 and have won 5 each, presenting a tie in the tally count.
Both the sides pack a young squad, while resting their reliable senior players. The first 3 T20 matches will take place in a span of 4 days, with only one rest day coming on the 5th of August.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Manish Pandey, Rishab Pant (WK), Krunal Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar.
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Evin Lewis, John Campbell, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Sunil Narine, Khary Pierre, Oshane Thomas.
Oshane Thomas vs Rohit Sharma
The speedster from Jamaica has been in the lime light ever since his Under-19 days. His ability to consistently bowl over the 150 mark makes him class apart.
Thomas had a decent World Cup run, where the right arm quick claimed 9 wickets in 9 games. However, a player of his caliber was expected to wreck havoc on the batsmen and claim many a more wickets.
Currently, Oshane has 5 wickets in his T20I career (7 matches played) with an economy that goes an excessive of over 9.
The WC19 Golden Bat winner, is also the highest run getter when it comes to IND vs WI in T20I (last 10 years).
The right-hand opener averages a fantastic 47 with a total of 334 runs in 10 matches. Rohit has scored 1 century and 2 half centuries in the played 10 matches.
The 10th T20I ranked batsmen will be expected to carry on with his form and showcase another show in this series.
Evin Lewis vs Deepak Chahar
The explosive left-hand batsman is known for his aggressive playing style.
Currently, Lewis is ranked No. 8th in T20 batsmen ranking. With over 600 runs in 20 matches, he is the go to man for West Indies at this point.
Evin didn’t have a pleasant run in the World Cup and is expected to heal from those wounds and hit back with an explosive performance.
Overall, Lewis has played 126 T20 matches, where he has amassed 3655 runs with a decent average of 31.5.
Deepak Chahar is a new name that has emerged from the surface of the Indian Premier League. In the most recent league, he picked 22 wickets in 17 matches with a stunning average of 21.
In the domestic circuit, Deepak has played a total of 59 matches where he has picked 67 wickets with a healthy average of 23 and an economy rate of 7.
The factor that sets him apart is his ability to swing the new ball consistently while hitting the right areas.
Chahar has played only one International T20 match for India so far where he didn’t record memorable figures. He went on to concede 43 runs in 4 overs and picked 1 wicket.
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As the Indian team tries to re-build its side, we’ll see a lot of new faces in tomorrow’s game. The West Indies squad has been on the disappointing side as they do have the fire power but have failed to display a performance that is expected from them.
As the matches will be played in America, the grounds will be on the shorter side. Given the ground conditions, the match is expected to be a high scoring one. Both the sides have explosive openers who are expected to score big.
However, the Indian side is expected to sweep this match towards the end as they pack a balanced squad, while West Indies lack a dependable lower order. Hence, displaying a choppy run.
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