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India tour of West Indies, 2023: West Indies vs India, 1st T20I, Preview

India and West Indies will face each other in the first T20I of the series at Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad. 

India has won both Test and ODI series against the host and will come to the field against Caribbean to begin the T20I series with a win. However, the ODI series doesn’t serve the purpose for both India. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya will lead Men in Blue and Indian players get the opportunity to showcase their talent even if it is T20 format. There are many new faces added into the India squad after considering their IPL performance.

Suryakumar Yadav is deputy skipper for Men in Blue, as he is the key member of the Indian squad. He has very ordinary performance in ODI. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tilak Varma got their maiden call and most likely Jaiswal will make it to the playing XI. The Indian bowling attack has been good and Mukesh Kumar has grabbed the opportunity in both the formats and he will look forward to performing in this format as well. Umran Malik has struggled to find his rhythm and was not at his best in the ODI series.

On the other hand, West Indies has struggled with bat and ball in this tour after failing to make the World Cup squad. However, the Caribbean side is very dangerous and the addition of  Nicholas Pooran makes it even more stronger. He has just smashed a century in Major cricket league. In the bowling department, West Indies look weak. They will try to perform in the T20 format.

Date & Time – Aug 03, 10:30 AM LOCAL, 8:00 PM IST

Venue – Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad

Pitch Report

This is the same venue where the last ODI match was played and India scored 350 runs. Pitch is batting friendly but also offer bowlers something to take wickets.

Squads

West Indies Squad: Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran(w), Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell(c), Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy, Oshane Thomas, Brandon King, Odean Smith, Roston Chase, Romario Shepherd

India Squad: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan(w), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya(c), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Tilak Varma

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