Date: 29 July 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Brian Lara Stadium Tarouba, Trinidad
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After a thrilling ODI series, the attention now shifts towards the shortest format of the game as India and West Indies will be locking horns in a five-match T20I series. The first game is set to be played at the Brian Lara Stadium Tarouba in Trinidad on Friday, July 29.
Despite giving a good fight in the ODI series, the hosts could not emerge victorious and were whitewashed on their own home turf. In the presence of senior pros like Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya, West Indies will have a daunting task against Men in Blue in T20Is as well.
Rohit Sharma-led side is coming on the back of impressive wins against sides like Ireland, and England. Indian players have performed exceptionally well in recent T20I contests and the skipper will expect to maintain the same winning momentum against West Indies.
Players like Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, and Suryakumar Yadav have delivered some incredible performances recently and will look to carry on their form in the build-up to T20 World Cup. While, Arshdeep Singh warmed the bench in three-ODIs, the young Indian pacer will look to cement his position with impressive performances in the T20 leg of the tour.
The West Indies cricket board announced a 16-member squad late on Thursday. Shimron Hetmyer has made a comeback to the side after almost nine months as he last played in November 2021. Jason Holder, who could not take part in the ODIs will also be featuring in the five T20Is.
Meanwhile, the likes of Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, and Akeal Hosein have been retained. Now, as the Windies lost the ODIs 0-3, they will have a chance to give it back to India with some mainstays back in the hut.
Pooran, Hetmyer, Holder, and Rovman Powell will have to shoulder the responsibilities while Shepherd, Joseph, and Hayden Walsh will hold the key to West Indies bowling.
Head to Head:
Rohit Sharma (c), Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda/Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin/Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Romario Shepherd, Obed McCoy and Hayden Walsh jnr/Alzarri Joseph
Wicketkeepers: Nicholas Pooran, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Ishan Kishan
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Romario Shepherd
Bowlers: Obed McCoy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Akeal Hosein
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