Welcome to the Caribbean islands. Where India take on host West Indies in a five-match One-day International series. Finalists of the ICC Tournament, India look like favourites having done really well.
The team is fairly in high spirits, but they will most definitely not have forgotten the landslide defeat against Pakistan in the finals. They are looking to play a good series and come out on top. No one from India takes a defeat against Pakistan lightly. Not the team and most definitely not the fans.
India is a country that either constructs temples for the players or burns up the images and effigies. There is really no middle ground.
The West Indies Squad will be more or less the same one that met Afghanistan in June earlier. The series ended in a draw. There might not be many notable names in their lineup, but then it is clear that rankings are not directly proportional to performance.
The 2017 Champions Trophy, for the first time, did not see West Indies taking part in it. This is because they are currently ranked ninth in the ODI List. Only top eight teams qualify in what is arguably the second most respected tournament of ICC.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Mohammed, Kieran Powell, Kesrick Williams, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell.
My lineup has a lot to do with how reliable the players have been in the recent past. It is not just about who did extraordinary well in their entire career but also recently. It is crucial to be in form.
This is my list. How does it match with yours?
P.S. Please note that the above-expressed opinions are purely the Editor’s. We do not take responsibility, nor can we guarantee the performance of the players. All the best !!!