WEST INDIES VS INDIA MATCH DETAILS:
Match: West Indies vs India, First ODI, India tour of West Indies, 2022
Date and Time: July 22, 2022, Friday, 07:00 PM IST
Venue: Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
West Indies and India are set to cross swords with each other in the first game of the three-match ODI series on Friday, July 22. The Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is set to host the encounter.
India will be captained by Shikhar Dhawan after several star performers, including Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya were rested. Umran Malik, meanwhile, hasn’t been picked for the series.
Dhawan previously captained India on the tour of Sri Lanka and will be looking to bring forth all his experience into play. Arshdeep Singh was unable to play in the ODI series due to an injury that he sustained during the T20I series. He will be looking to play a few games.
West Indies, led by Nicolas Pooran, on the other hand, isn’t in the best of form by any means. The Caribbean team recently lost 0-3 to Tamim Iqbal’s Bangladesh. In all three matches, they struggled to play spinners Mehidy Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, and Taijul Islam.
Hence, it won’t be a surprise if the Men in Blue include both Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel in their playing XI. The hosts will need to pull up their socks, especially in their batting department if they wish to get off to a winning start. West Indies are all set to face India in the 3-match ODI series to kick off the tour. Indian team has rested several of its first-choice players and given chances to the next set of players to push their case for selection in this series. Every performance will push the individual up the playing queue and remind their name to the fans and selectors. West Indies to show up in this audition to play spoilsport but to show themselves to the cricketing world with good performances. India is looking to rebuild towards the future while West indies are looking to rebuild their team in the ODIs.
After getting the better of England in the white-ball series last week, the Indian men’s cricket team has now traveled to the Caribbean islands and will be up against the West Indies in the three-match ODI series first and will follow it up with five T20I matches. Unlike the England assignment, India is without a host of first-team players for the three ODI matches. And it will give fringe players a chance to present their case for the future.
While the likes of Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, and Ruturaj Gaikwad will fight for the opening position, Sanju Samson is another candidate for the wicketkeeping job alongside young Kishan. In the middle-order, Deepak Hooda is likely to get his chances after a superb show against Ireland in the two-match T20I series last month.
In bowling as well, the likes of Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Avesh Khan, and Arshdeep Singh would like to impress with their performance and earn a spot on the Indian team for a long time.
West Indies, on the other hand, will be eager to rebound from their forgettable ODI series against Bangladesh. The Nicholas Pooran-led side was whitewashed by Tamim Iqbal & Co. at home.
WEST INDIES PREVIEW
West Indies openers Shai Hope, Brandon King, and Kyle Mayers are short of runs at the top and will need to step up in this series. Nicholas Pooran was the only half-centurion in the last series and will hope his middle-order batters Shamarh Brooks, Rovman Powell, Kacey Carty, and Jason Holder stand up and deliver with the bat.
Jason Holder returns to the squad and will join Alzzari Joseph and Jayden Seales in the pace attack while Keemo Paul and Kyle Mayers add variety to the pace unit. Gudakesh Motie was the biggest positive from the last series and he will hope to continue his good form alongside Akeal Hossain in this series.
Top players: Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Gudakesh Motie
The Indian team will be led by Shikhar Dhawan in the absence of Rohit Sharma. Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Sanju Samson might fight for the second opener`s slot with Sanju Samson expected to be the front-runner. Regulars Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer will slot in the middle order alongside Deepak Hooda and Shubham Gill.
The Indian pace attack will have the likes of Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna, and Arshdeep Singh in the squad. Prasidh Krishna and Mohammed Siraj are expected to share the new ball with Arshdeeep Singh expected to take up the third pacer`s role. Yuzi Chahal and Ravi Jadeja will form the formidable bowling attack in the spin department.
Top players: Sanju Samson, Prasidh Krishna, Ravi Jadeja
WEST INDIES VS INDIA PITCH REPORT
The pitch at the Queen’s Park Oval has been a tad on the slower side of late. Spinners are most likely to come into play. An overly high-scoring match doesn’t seem to be on the cards.
Winning the toss and fielding first should be the way forward.
WEST INDIES VS INDIA WEATHER FORECAST
There is a 40 percent chance of rain throughout the match. The temperature will be around the 32-degree Celsius mark with humidity in the mid-20s.
TOSS: TO BOWL
Both teams will look to chase the total in this match as they will be unsure of the pitch conditions on offer. And early moisture might help the bowlers during the start of the match.
WEST INDIES VS INDIA, 1ST ODI PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (c and wk), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Gudakesh Motie, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Keemo Paul.
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ishan Kishan (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal.
WI VS IND, 1ST ODI PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE THE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH
Opening batter Ishan Kishan will have the responsibility of providing a quick start to his team in the upcoming ODI match against the Men in Maroon. Ishan has been in good touch lately and he is making runs consistently in the T20I format. The left-handed batter will want to emulate his form in the 50-over matches as well.
PROBABLE THE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH
Indian pacer Mohammad Siraj was excellent during the last ODI match against England and the right-arm pacer will want to continue his good form with the ball against the Men in Maroon as well. Siraj can swing the new ball and even nail the yorkers in the death overs.
WEST INDIES VS INDIA MATCH PREDICTION
West Indies have been in the horrendous form of late after being whitewashed by Bangladesh. India, on the other hand, will go into the series after beating England 1-2 in the latter’s backyard.
Prediction: India to win this encounter.