West Indies vs India: India is entering the field with yet another captain. Shikhar Dhawan is their seventh captain this year, and he is also the captain that started India’s roulette of captains when he took over against Sri Lanka in 2021. He leads a group of new faces again, with Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rohit Sharma resting.
Ahead of him are the West Indies trying to find their ODI form. West Indies are struggling to bat their fifty overs, having failed to do so against Bangladesh. They will be pushed through by the return of Jason Holder. Holder’s presence could give them a responsible head in the batting line-up and a handy bowler in the attack.
The series is not a part of the ODI Super League and comes less than week after both finished their last ODI series. In an interesting scenario. This game is one of the three international games to take place simultaneously.
Match: West Indies vs India
Date: 22nd July 2022
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Venue: Port of Spain
The weather is cloudy and cool for the day of the West Indies vs India fixture.
The Port of Spain track is expected to be dry and play a little low as most tracks do in the Caribbean. Batting first is a better option.
Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran(c,wk), Brandon King, Rovmann Powel, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hossain, Jayden Seales, Anderson Phillip
Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad/Ishan Kishan(wk), Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj
Sanju Samson grabbed a lot of attention when he was left out after a strong IPL and Ireland series. He is a very talented player with a wide range of strokes but is a touch unlucky with the competition around him. When given a chance though, Sanju Samson hasn’t done his bit to grab them in the past, but with three games ahead he has a huge chance to shout that he is ready. He is a player full of potential and hopefully he can live up to it this series.
Jason Holder’s presence in the middle-order is probably what West Indies need to bat fifty overs. He is a steady batter who can accelerate with ease. Having a calm head, his role with the bat will be as important as ever. With the ball, Jason Holder will have a job as well. Given his height, he will have to find a way to extract life from a dead surface and push West Indies forward.
Although India is playing a depleted side, they possess the advantage. West Indies aren’t in the best of ODI form, and that puts them behind here.