The three-match T20 series between India and West Indies, 2018 starts today at the Eden Gardens. With Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s absence, the Indian team will be led by Hitman Rohit Sharma. This is the first time that India is playing with MS Dhoni in the history of T20. The last time Sharma led the team, India won the Asia Cup 2018 in UAE. This will be his fourth series leading the Indian team. The BCCI yesterday announced the 12-member squad for the team which said Krunal Pandya could make an international debut against the Carlos Brathwaite led side. Rishabh Pant who has been in a blistering form is obviously playing the match. Pant has so far scored 1125 runs at a SR of 177.16. Rohit Sharma on the Verge of Surpassing Virat Kohli in This Record Against West Indies in 1st T20 on Sunday.
Talking about the Windies, they have never played a bilateral series against India prior to this. The team would be returning to the venue which brought them the T20 World Cup in 2016. Brathwaite definitely went on to become a household name after those four consecutive sixes. The Windies won the title against England by 4 wickets with two balls remaining. However, after winning the title, the team has played 10 T20 matches, out of which they lost five of them. The Windies will be missing the services of Andre Russell and Chris Gayle. India Face T20 Test Sans Mahendra Singh Dhoni The Colossus, West Indies Seek Redemption.
Now, today one can expect a high-scoring game and there is no forecast of the rains. However, the dew factor will come into play since the match will start at 7 PM. Out of the last five T20 matches played by the Indians, the home team has won four. On the other hand, the Windies have lost three and won only a couple of them.
Check out the squads for both the teams:
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas, Khary Pierre, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran