Kohli’s men aim to continue winning run in ODIs
The Men in Blue showed complete authority in the T20I series. Winning three out of three, India will go into the ODI series with the same winning spirit. To be played at Guyana, India surely look to be the favourites despite West Indies having home advantage.
Playing two matches in the T20I series, Rohit Sharma gathered 91 runs, including a half-century. While he seems to be in sublime touch, Shikhar Dhawan’s ordinary form in the T20I series will concern India. Dhawan, who was returning from his CWC 19 injury, did not look very comfortable during the T20Is. The prolific opener will be keen to make a strong comeback.
Both Kohli and Rishabh Pant scored half-centuries in the final T20I, which will serve as a confidence booster for both.
After a magnificent World Cup campaign, Mohammed Shami comes back into the squad for the ODIs. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar being in his typical, consistent form, Navdeep Saini and Khaleel Ahmed provided good support to the swing ace. Shami’s addition could mean the sitting out of Saini or Ahmed.
India will have a tough time choosing from the spin options in hand. After being rested for the shortest format, our spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will be in contention for a spot in the playing XI. With Ravindra Jadeja playing as the spin bowling all-rounder, Kedar Jadhav could also serve as handy middle-order batsman and a part-time spin option.
Jason Holder takes charge as Windies hope to have a fresh turn of events in the 50-over format.
The biggest news from the side has to be the presence of Chris Gayle to the ODI squad. With the team’s dismal spell since the World Cup, Gayle will shoulder tremendous responsibility in the series. Another player who will be interesting to watch is John Campbell, who, not long back, played an impressive knock of 179. Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, given their commendable stints in England, will be key.
With their consistency, Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas have sealed their spot in the line-up. However, Thomas was out of the field on Tuesday for quite some time due to an injury. Kemar Roach will also be a viable option given his outing against India at the World Cup - he finished with figures of 3/36.
Rohit Sharma vs Kemar Roach
With a very subtle edge off Rohit’s willow, Kemar Roach had dismissed the Indian opener, providing his team a breakthrough in the sixth over of the World Cup fixture. Roach was able to get a lot of movement and kept Indian batsmen under pressure. The Hitman will hope to come good against the seamer this time around.
India will play the first of the three ODIs in Guyana on Thursday, starting at 7 PM IST.