At the start of the first One-Day International between India and West Indies at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was handed his ODI cap by none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The senior wicketkeeper-batsman and former India captain gave the cap to the Pant in presence of other teammates. Pant, however, is in the playing XI as a specialist batsman and Dhoni will continue to keep the wickets. IND vs WI 1st ODI Live Score Updates
With it, Pant has now represented India across each formats. He made his T20I in 2017 against England and recently in England was handed the Test debut. Pant is known for his aggressive style of play and that could help India’s batting woes in the middle-order. With Dhoni still around, it will be tough for Pant to cement his place in the ODI side.
Meanwhile, in the recently concluded two-match Test series against Windies, Pant scored 184 runs in two innings he got an opportunity to bat. He apparently averaged 92. All eyes will be on Pant as he makes his ODI debut. Can Shikhar Dhawan Surpass Virat Kohli & Viv Richards During India vs West Indies 2018 ODI Series?
In the opening ODI, India left out spinner Kuldeep Yadav and have added Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal. In pace bowling department, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will share the responsibility with Khaleel Ahmed. At the time of filing this report, Windies batting first had lost the wicket of Chandrapaul Hemraj with Kieron Powell and Shai Hope at the crease.