India is ready for West Indies five-match One-Day International series challenge after good run in recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy. Though, third placed India are favorites but performance of West Indies cannot be neglected at Caribbean soil.
Men in Blue will be without their regular in-form opener Rohit Sharma so Rishabh Pant would be in line for maiden ODI cap. If he gets chance to feature in first game then he’ll be joined by Shikhar Dhawan who was awarded with Golden Bat for being highest scorer of the tournament.
Virat Kohli will be keen to put an impressive performance against Caribbeans. Ajinkya Rahane remained benched during Champions Trophy and he is likely to feature in this series. Virat Kohli might chose him as an option for opening slot.
Hardik Pandya has proved himself as an all-rounder and no doubt he has that potential. His blistering inning in Final of Champions Trophy against Pakistan showed his confidence and desire to perform.
All eyes will be on Bhuvneshwar Kumar who was highest wicket-taker for India in CT 2017 and Mohammad Shami who has not featured in ODI cricket since long time. Although he was in squad didn’t get even a single game in Champions Trophy 2017.
Meanwhile, West Indies comes into this series at the back of series level against minnows Afghanistan. They haven’t been at their best recently so expecting them to provide any competition is unexpected.
Host are at No. 9 in ODI ranking so it is the best opportunity for them to rise up the ranking ladder. Last ODI series victory came against Bangladesh in 2014.
Ewin Lewis and Jonathan Carter are expected to open the batting for host while Jason Mohammad, Roston Chase and Kieran Powell will form middle order batting.
Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins will lead the pace bowling attack followed by Kesrick Williams while experience of Devendra Bishoo will be vital in the squad as far as spin department in concerned.
Jason Holder and men needs to pull up their socks and excel in all department if they hope to give competition to visitors.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.
West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Mohammed, Kieran Powell, Kesrick Williams, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell