After a below par ODI World Cup, both West Indies and India have so much at stake in this ODI series. The first of the three matches will be played in Guyana on Thursday. With India having already won the T20I series 3-0, there is already a lot at stake.
West Indies will be buoyed by the return of Chris Gayle and will hope to bounce back. For India, there are a few ODI specialists like Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav who have joined the squad. All in all, this match promises to be a close encounter.
West Indies Preview
Gayle making a U-turn on his retirement is the biggest news for the hosts. They have the batting resources to keep striking aggressively through the 50 overs. However, the challenge for captain Jason Holder is to maintain consistency.
Coming to the team selection, the Windies will be worried about their openers. Both Evin Lewis and John Campbell flopped in the T20Is. Roston Chase and Fabian Allen could provide spin options. Kemar Roach returns to boost the fast bowling resources.
A shocking exit in the World Cup semis put the focus back on India’s team composition. The problematic no. 4 and middle-order will be under the lens. Shikhar Dhawan’s return at the top could push KL Rahul to number four.
Shreyas Iyer couldn’t get a game in the T20Is, but might be the first pick in the ODIs. Ravindra Jadeja has been in great form and should fancy his chances of a start. With Jasprit Bumrah resting, there could be a place for Khaleel Ahmed.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Virat Kohli was in pristine form in the final T20I showing his class. Having failed to score a century in the WC games, he will look to score one here.
Ravindra Jadeja was brilliant in all three fields in India’s last match. His all-round skills will be a great asset for your fantasy side.
Jason Holder has been Windies’ flag-bearer in the ODIs for a long time. His all-round abilities make him a good fantasy pick.
West Indies: 1 Evin Lewis 2 Chris Gayle 3 Shai Hope (WK) 4 Nicholas Pooran 5 Shimron Hetmyer 6 Carlos Brathwaite 7 Jason Holder (C) 8 Fabian Allen 9 Sheldon Cottrell 10 Oshane Thomas 11 Kemar Roach
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Rishabh Pant (WK) 5 Shreyas Iyer 6 Kedar Jadhav 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Mohammed Shami 10 Kuldeep Yadav 11 Khaleel Ahmed
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