India tour of West Indies: Preview, Match Schedule, Team Squads and Series Predictions
Gone are the days when a big ICC event such as the ODI World Cup was followed by a couple of months of a lull, after which things gradually began to pick up.
With the Ashes having already started and the Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka having reached its conclusion, it's now time for Team India to embark on a full tour of West Indies.
Both the teams will like to leave their World Cup performances behind them. Technically, West Indies should be more disappointed with their campaign as few of the analysts put their bets on the Men in Maroon being the dark horses and qualifying for the semi-finals.
After raising a lot of hopes in their first match against Pakistan, the Calypso Kings could not win a single match till their last league game. On the other hand, India ended at the top spot in the points table following the league stage but could not get the better of New Zealand in the semis.
The tour will start with a three-match T20I series, out of which two games will be played in in the USA. A three-match ODI series will be followed by a two-match Test series. India will be the favourites in the ODIs and Tests but West Indies have a lot of all-round power-hitting riches in the shortest format of the game and have the ability to trump India.
Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard are few names which are popular across the world and find themselves in the T20I squad. Chris Gayle will join the team for the ODIs, which is likely to be his last ODI series.
India have sent a full-strength side with the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in their ranks. However, Hardik Pandya will miss the tour. Jasprit Bumrah will be back for the Test matches. MS Dhoni is not available for two months and Rishabh Pant will take his place behind the wickets in all the three formats.
Series Predictions India tour of West Indies
T20Is - West Indies (2-1)
ODIs - India (2-1)
Tests - India (2-0)
Top Run Scorer
T20Is - Rohit Sharma
ODIs - Virat Kohli
Tests - Virat Kohli
Top Wicket Taker
T20Is - Rahul Chahar
ODIs - Mohammad Shami
Tests - Jasprit Bumrah / Shannon Gabriel
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
India ODI Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini
India T20I Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
India Test squad: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
West Indies T20I squad: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble, Andre Russell, Khary Pierre.
West Indies ODI squad: Jason Holder (c), John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Chris Gayle, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach
Here's the complete schedule of the India tour of West Indies:
Aug 03 West Indies v India 1st T20I Lauderhill, Florida 3:30 PM GMT
Aug 04 West Indies v India 2nd T20I Lauderhill, Florida 3:30 PM
Aug 06 West Indies v India 3rd T20I Providence Stadium, Guyana 3:30 PM
Aug 08 West Indies v India, 1st ODI Providence Stadium, Guyana 2:30 PM
Aug 11 West Indies v India, 2nd ODI Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 2:30 PM
Aug 14 West Indies v India, 3rd ODI Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 2:30 PM
Aug 22 - Aug 26 West Indies v India 1st Test Sir Vivian Richards Stadium Antigua 2:30 PM
Aug 30 - Sep 03 West Indies v India 2nd Test Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica 3:30 PM
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