After the end of a successful home season and a runner up spot in the prestige Champions Trophy, the men in blue now look dominate and conquer the Caribbean.
It is not just the start of a new season but the start of a new era for Indian Cricket.
Anil Kumble came out with a sudden and shocking resignation from the head coach spot of the Indian team just two days prior to the start of the ODI series in West Indies.
Not only would India like to get the attention back to cricket, they would also like to prove how well they can manage without the veteran leg-spinner. While Team India would like to forget the defeat in the Champions Trophy final against the arch-enemies Pakistan, it is a chance for the Windies to restore some pride in the International circuit after missing out of the 8 team tournament. India are to play 5- match ODI series and a single T20 in the Carribean.
The Indians look to go in strong with just two changes from their Champions Trophy squad. Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah make way for the young and talented Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav who might finally get the chance to represent India at the International level.
After a disappointing campaign in England, the Indian spin duo of Ashwin and Jadeja woul love to get things in their favour again in the Caribbean. The pitches too would be lot drier and slower than the ones in the United Kingdom helping the spinners more.
Kuldeep can also be expected to make an appearance or two in the eleven if Kohli decides to rest any of his spinner.
With Jasprit Bumrah rested, Mohammad Shami, who didn’t start in any match in the Champions Trophy, could get a chance finally and make a comeback at the international level. Bhuvaneshwar and Umesh Yadav are the other two seamers who will fight alongside Shami for the two spots in the eleven.
There isn’t much change expected in the batting line-up except for an opener coming in for Rohit Sharma. Ajinkya Rahane is expected to open alongside Shikhar Dhawan.
Predicted XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ms Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.
The Windies go in with a fairly inexperienced squad. Although it would be a great learning curve, it will prove to be very difficult for this side to beat the formidable team India. Jason Holder holds the reigns of the team and it would be interesting to see his strategies against the men in blue.
Windies will look to go in with two spinners and three fast bowlers in their starting XI with no established all-roundr in their ranks. While the skipper holds one fast bowler’s spot, Miguel Cummins and Alzarri Joseph might be the other two pacers alongside Holder. Devendra Bishoo, the leg-spinner and Roston Chase with his off-break are expected to be the two spinners.
Windies miss the more experienced players and play an inexperienced squad.
Predicted XI: Evin Lewis, Keiran Powell, Shai Hope, Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammad, Rovman Powell, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Alzarri Joseph
India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik
Windies (From): Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope(w), Kesrick Williams, Jason Mohammed, Jonathan Carter, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder(c), Ashley Nurse, Alzarri Joseph, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins