With their second consecutive win in Florida, Virat Kohli’s men have bagged the three-match T20 series without breaking a sweat. Again the Indian team dominated the proceedings and played like a well-oiled machine. On the contrary, the Caribbean side played poor cricket and conceded the series without putting up a fight. Now the action will move to the South American country, Guyana where the teams will be testing new combinations in the 3rd T20I before the ODI sojourn.
The Men in Blue elbowed their off-field issues with impressive outings. Especially the bowling unit has stood up in the absence of regular stars and the team’s bench strength looks intact. Even a couple of youngsters rose to the occasion including fast-bowler Navdeep Saini who bowled a fiery spell on his debut. The batting unit backed the efforts of their bowlers and adjusted well on the slow pitches.
The defending champions repeated the same mistakes they committed in the 2019 World Cup. None of the players took the responsibility to guide the team in pressure situations. Mainly their batsmen have again let down the side with poor shot selection. Their pace battery was inconsistent and the team also lacked proper plan against a quality side like India. All in all their below-average performances made the series a damp squib.
India is likely to continue with the same opening pair as Rohit Sharma has been in red hot form and Shikhar Dhawan needs a good knock before the ODIs. Skipper Virat Kohli will be eager to convert his starts. In the middle-order, Shreyas Iyer might get a look in as Manish Pandey has failed to grab his opportunities. Rishabh Pant will hold onto his place because of his wicket-keeping skills but he desperately needs some runs to boost his confidence.
Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja will be the all-round options with the former also playing the role of the finisher in the team. Though Washington Sundar has been exceptional with his new ball skills he might be dropped for accommodating the Rajasthan teenager, Rahul Chahar who was brilliant in 2019 IPL. Once again Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be leading the pace battery along with Navdeep Saini. Deepak Chahar might get a game if the team decides to bench Khaleel Ahmed.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Manish Pandey/Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krynal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar/Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed/Deepak Chahar.
The island team will be having a close look at the form of Evin Lewis as he is a part of the ODI squad too. The make-shift opener Sunil Narine will be expected to take the aggressive route to accumulate runs in powerplay overs. Rovman Powell will look to continue his good form but he will need good support from youngsters, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer. Along with his middle-order duties, Pooran will also be seen behind the stumps.
Carlos Brathwaite will want to lead the side from the front as he was unable to contribute in the first two games. Keiron Pollard has shown his glimpses of form and his finishing skills will be essential for the side. Narine will be the spin option for the skipper and the youngster Fabian Allen might accompany him. The fast bowling department will be served by Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, and Keemo Paul.
Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul.
The focus will be on
Shikhar Dhawan (India)
Last year, the left-hander was in red hot form in T20Is. He piled on almost 700 runs in 17 innings which included 6 half-centuries. Even in the 2019 World Cup, he scored a match-winning ton against Australia but a thumb injury sidelined him for the rest of the series. Now after a small break, he has returned to the side but has looked rusty in both the games so he is due for a big knock.
Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies)
The youngster will be playing on his home ground. A year ago when the Windies traveled to Indian shores, Hetmyer was the star with his power game. Shimron Hetmyer can carve out best bowling attacks with ease. On his day the southpaw can be a game-changer and his form is crucial for the side in the upcoming ODI and Test series.
Head to Head
Matches played – 13 | Windies won – 5 | India won – 7 | No Result – 1
55 – Average recorded by Rohit Sharma in T20Is in West Indies
9 – Number of years passed since the West Indies last played a T20I in Guyana
TV – Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD, Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD
Online– Sony LIV
Match Timings – 20:00 IST and 10:30 local time
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