India will look to test their bench strength when they lock horns with West Indies in a three-match ODI series. The first of the three games will take place on July 22 (Friday) at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The Men in Blue will hope to keep the winning run after their recent victory against England.
India have rested as many as six players, who feature in the last series against England. The ODI series offers another opportunity to the players on the periphery to knock strongly on the doors with the 50-over World Cup approaching next year. The onus will be on Shikhar Dhawan, the captain for this series, to shepherd the team like he did against Sri Lanka a year back.
West Indies, on the other hand, come from a series loss against Bangladesh. They are going through a transition and Nicholas Pooran will have to lead the side from the front if they have to trump a team of India’s calibre.
1st ODI – India (IND) vs West Indies (WI)
Venue: Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Date & Time: July 22, at 7:00 PM IST and 9:30 AM Local Time
It’s been nearly three years since Queen’s Park Oval last hosted an international game – an ODI which India won thanks to Virat Kohli’s ton. The teams winning the toss will like to bowl given that it has been raining in this part of the world.
Predicted Playing XI
India (IND): Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Arshdeep Singh
West Indies (WI): Shai Hope, Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, Alzarri Joseph
IND vs WI – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Shai Hope, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shamarh Brooks, Shikhar Dhawan, Deepak Hooda, Ravindra Jadeja, Kyle Mayers, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Yuzvendra Chahal (vc)
Fantasy Team 2: Shai Hope, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Nicholas Pooran, Shikhar Dhawan, Deepak Hooda (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Holder (vc), Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Yuzvendra Chahal