T20: India take on West Indies in Florida on Aug 4
Will India win; can Rishabh Pant prove himself in the absence of Dhoni?
Team India has reached Florida, to begin its tour of the West Indies. On this tour of nearly a month, India will play 3 T20, 3 ODIs and 2 Test matches against the West Indies. India will launch this tour with the T20 series in Florida. The first match of the T20 series will be played on August 3 at Central Broward Park Stadium in Florida, USA. The second game will be at the same ground on August 4.
Earlier in 2016, India played two T-20 matches with the West Indies on this ground. In the first match of the series, the West Indies scored. The second match was washed away due to rain. The hosts West Indies won the series 1-0.
In T20 games, there is a parity between the two teams. So far 11 T20 matches have been played between India and the West Indies. Both won five games, one was canceled due to rain.
For the West Indies tour, many youngsters have been given an opportunity. The top three batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are certain. But it would be interesting to see how the long-term solution to the middle order is resolved. Will KL Rahul be given a chance at number four?
Shreyas Iyer and India A captain Manish Pandey may get a chancce. In MS Dhoni's absence, how will Rishabh Pant, the wicketkeeper-batsman do?
In ICC rankings, India is ranked number one in T20, while the West Indies is at number eight. It remains to be seen if India can dominate.
The third and final match will be played in Guyana on August 6.
India T-20 Team
Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Kunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Washington Sunder, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Khalil Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini
West Indies T-20 team
Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chemo Paul, Kherie Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicolas Puran, Rovman Powell, Ocean Thomas, Anthony Brambal, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hatmayer, Avin Louise
[Autotranslated from Hindi]