After T20I triumph, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav set to make it big for India. But what about the No. 4 issue?
After clinching the three-match T20I series against West Indies on Tuesday, Virat Kohli-led Team India will now look to continue their winning streak in three-match ODI series that starts from Thursday at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
With Shikhar Dhawan return, team India will open the batting with Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. India has recalled Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer again and both the batsmen have been rewarded for their performances in India A where Pandey averages over 70 and Iyer averages under 50. Both the consistent batsman have three centuries each. Now it will be interesting to watch who will play for number 4 spot as KL Rahul is additionally a possibility for the middle order.
On the other hand in the bowling department, the lanky pacer Navdeep Saini will make his debut in ODI series opener. The Karnal born pacer was starred in India's four-wicket win over West Indies in the first T20 in Florida by picking up three wickets for 17 runs. It is expected that debutant Saini could come in handy for India to destroy Windies' batting order. India's bowling department will also feature some experienced bowlers making their entries to the ODI squad.
Kuldeep Yadav who will look to fix his spot in Indian team, will also contest to become fastest Indian to take 100 ODI wickets. He's just seven wickets away from achieving this feat. But 2019 has not been his year as he has bowled 166 overs and taken only 26 wickets with an average of 34.
Skipper Virat Kohli will also be keen to become the leading run-getter in ODIs against the West Indies as he is 19 runs away. And if he scores 88 more runs, he will be the fastest to score 2000 runs against ODI opponent. With touching his 2000 mark, Kohli will leave behind his partner Rohit Sharma. It's simply 'baffling' to hear that.
But West Indies players will leave no stone unturned to give tough competition as Chris Gayle is on the cusp of becoming most capped one day international player for West Indies piping Brian Lara if he plays tomorrow. With 11 more runs, Jamaican cricketer Gayle will again pip Lara to become highest run-getter for the West Indies in the format. But against India, Gayle's record hasn't been impressive. He had scored at an average with 18.57.
After ending phenomenal run in recently concluded World Cup, team India will look to leave their disappointment behind with new faces in the team. India has won all their 8 previous bilateral ODI series against West indies while the West Indies last time won their bilateral series in 2014.
The last three bilateral series between the two teams in the Caribbean have been won by India - 2-1 in 2009; 3-2 in 2011 and 3-1 in 2017.
West Indies: Jason Holder (C), Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach.
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