Match Preview – West Indies vs India, India in West Indies 2022, 1st T20I

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Move over ODI cricket, the brand new death structure of the sport. Welcome, T20Is, the koolest child at the block, extra so in a T20 World Cup 12 months.

With the worldwide event in Australia lower than 3 months away, this five-match T20I sequence gifts a large alternative for West Indies and India to company up their plans.

After failing to qualify for the knockouts of the 2021 version, India modified their batting template. This 12 months, they’ve scored at a charge of 9.45 consistent with over. If you permit apart 2013, once they performed only one T20I, that is their absolute best scoring charge in any calendar 12 months. In reality, no different staff has scored at a quicker charge than India this 12 months.

With Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya returning after being rested for the ODI sequence, India will glance to additional fine-tune their manner. They have additionally introduced again Paddy Upton as a psychological conditioning trainer to stay the gamers in the most efficient way of thinking.

In fresh years, T20I cricket has been West Indies’ most powerful swimsuit. But, no longer for the primary time, they are going to be with out many in their stars who lit up quite a lot of T20 leagues all over the world. Kieron Pollard has retired, whilst Andre Russell and Sunil Narine aren’t a part of the squad.

The staff, although, will raise the boldness from their 2-0 win towards Bangladesh within the structure, in addition to from a much-improved efficiency within the ODI sequence towards India. Nicholas Pooran will as soon as once more be the important thing to West Indies’ fortunes. He may have the toughen of Shimron Hetmyer, who’s again within the squad after proving his health. The query is, can others – particularly the bowlers – elevate their sport as smartly?

Form information

West Indies WWLLL (closing 5 finished T20Is, most up-to-date first)

In the highlight

Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant weren’t intended to compete for a similar spot. But if India play Karthik as a expert finisher, that implies there may be one fewer middle-order slot to be had. If we believe Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya because the certainties for the World Cup, Pant’s position may be able to be in peril. In 50 T20Is, Pant has a strike charge of simply 124.27, which pales compared to his general T20 strike charge of 145.44. Is being a left-hander sufficient to warrant a spot within the facet? But then has Karthik finished sufficient to safe his position within the XI? He is meant to be the enforcer within the closing 5 overs, however his first-ten-balls strike charge in T20Is this 12 months is a trifling 81.36 (48 runs off 59 balls). For comparability, his corresponding strike charge in IPL 2022 used to be 166.67 (190 runs off 114 balls). This sequence will have to give India a clearer image for this conundrum.

Shimron Hetmyer has proved his health, however is he wearing his shape as smartly with him? At IPL 2022, he excelled within the position of a finisher for Rajasthan Royals, scoring 314 in 15 innings at a strike charge of 153.92. But within the two months since then, he hasn’t performed any cricket. And similar to Pant, he too has contrasting strike charges in T20Is and T20s. Overall, he has struck at 133.45 however on the global degree, that quantity plummets to 118.71.

Team information

Hetmyer is again within the West Indies T20I squad after clearing a health check. Evin Lewis continues to omit out, so West Indies are prone to stick to the outlet aggregate of Kyle Mayers and Brandon King.

West Indies (possible): 1 Kyle Mayers, 2 Brandon King, 3 Nicholas Pooran (capt & wk), 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Jason Holder, 7 Odean Smith/Dominic Drakes/Romario Shepherd, 8 Alzarri Joseph, 9 Akeal Hosein, 10 Obed McCoy, 11 Hayden Walsh Jr

India appear to have discovered the entire items of the jigsaw puzzle. It’s now about hanging them of their proper puts. With KL Rahul no longer to be had, will they proceed to open with Pant? Has Deepak Hooda, together with his all-round sport with the bat and to hand offspin, pipped Shreyas Iyer for a slot within the center order? Who will lead the spin assault within the absence of Yuzvendra Chahal? It turns out we will be able to must watch for the event day to seek out the solutions.

India (possible): 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Rishabh Pant (wk), 3 Deepak Hooda/Shreyas Iyer, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Dinesh Karthik, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 R Ashwin/Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Avesh Khan/Arshdeep Singh

Pitch and prerequisites

This would be the first global event to be performed on the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba. The venue has hosted 31 CPL video games, the closing of which used to be in 2020. The scoring charge in the ones video games used to be 7.40. The climate, although, may just play a spoilsport as there may be an 80% probability of rain on Friday morning.

Stats and trivialities

  • Both Hardik and Ravindra Jadeja are two moves away from 50 T20I wickets. Only Yuzvendra Chahal (79), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (70), Jasprit Bumrah (69) and R Ashwin (61) have taken 50 or extra wickets for India in T20Is.
  • On Wednesday, Martin Guptill (3399) overtook Rohit (3379) because the main run-scorer in T20Is. Both gamers will probably be in motion on Friday.
  • Eleven bowlers have bowled ten or extra powerplay overs in T20Is this 12 months. Among the ones, Akeal Hosein’s financial system charge of 9.20 is the worst in that section.


“We were enjoying just right T20 cricket. We had just right video games with India in India. We know the standard that they’ve. Let’s wait and notice how we arise on Friday.”
West Indies trainer Phil Simmons seems to be forward to the T20I sequence

Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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