1st T20I: Rohit Sharma-led formidable India eye ODI encore against hapless Windies | Cricket News

TAROUBA (PORT OF SPAIN): A full-strength Indian side in full force will look to overwhelm the West Indies in their bid to register a second straight sweep in the three-game T20I series starting Friday.
Less than three months from the end T20 World Cupskipper Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid will get around 16 games (5 v WI, 5 in Asian Cup (if India play final), 3 v Australia, 3 v South Africa) for strengthen their base team which will then play without change. in mega event.
The mere thought of a first eleven including Rohit, Rishabh PantsSuryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik as five specialist hitters in the top six can have a daunting and debilitating effect on the opposition.
And that too at a time when a player of Virat Kohli’s stature has failed miserably in the shortest format and there are doubts about his place in the playing XI.

The previous English series showed that India’s white ball players have that commanding presence like an alpha male in the middle, even though their best player Kohli is on the wane.
Can Deepak Hooda challenge Kohli’s position?
So the five-game series against the West Indies, technically played in three different countries (Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Kitts and Nevis and the United States) will also give us a clear picture if the days of unbeaten Kohli are finished or not.
Deepak Hooda, no matter how small a amount of T20I he has played, has shown that he belongs at this level. He has a hundred openers against Ireland and in the only T20 he played against England he looked the part before being forced to make way for Kohli.
With his tight breaks adding to his skill set, at least three to four good games in this series will certainly increase Rohit’s headaches and also put Kohli under pressure when he returns for the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Number three will be the only position that will be a bone of contention when it comes to India’s batting order ahead of the T20 World Cup.
The other factor will be vice-captain KL Rahul’s regular return to the squad and where this prolific IPL performer stands, although how well he builds a T20 run is up for debate.
The Rohit-Pant pair could be very advanced in T20I
In terms of numbers, the opening Pant-Rohit pair didn’t set the stage on fire against England, but stats often don’t provide the full picture.
The left-right combination has shown its intent to dominate and with its kind of range could prove to be a nightmare for any opposition on any given day.
On sticky West Indies tracks where spinners could operate in Powerplay, the duo could even be doubly dangerous and as far as Australian wickets were concerned, their ability to effortlessly play horizontal batting shots would keep them in good stead.
Will Ashwin get a preview of the T20 World Cup?
With Jadeja’s fitness being an issue and his increasing focus on being an all-around hitter, Ravichandran Ashwin is still India’s best slow bowler in Powerplay overs with his variations which include the deadly carrom ball.
There’s also Kuldeep Yadav on the team and Ravi Bishnoi, who’s more of a glorified traveler since Chahal found his mojo.
Yuzvendra Chahal’s spot in the first XI is non-negotiable and Washington Sundar will be back in the setup any day now, making this Ashwin’s last chance to claim a spot in the XI.
Choice of a third sewing specialist/stimulator to join Bumrah-Bhuvi
If they remain injury-free, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are sure starters in the playing XI on October 23 when India take on Pakistan.
With Hardik Pandya also playing hard, India are reportedly looking to finalize their third specialist pacer and if Harshal Patel does well in this series, there will be a lot of pressure on Deepak Chahar who is likely to be back for the Asian Cup. .
The West Indies are looking for improvements
With some T20 specialists and hard hitters, the hosts are likely to go with the same team comprising Brandon King, Kyle Mayers and Rovman Powell who beat Bangladesh 2-0 in the three-game home series earlier this this month.
The likes of Myers and skipper Pooran are also in good shape at bat, and that could give West Indies just the right amount of confidence to give India a tough fight.
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh
West Indies (likely): Nicholas Pooran (C), Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Keacy Carty, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales
Match start: 8 p.m. IST

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