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West Indies T20I & ODI Squads for India tour Analysis - The Gayle Enigma, Alen & Ramdin's Return and More


Shai Hope made 52 runs in the only opportunity that he got in the T20I series against Afghanistan but that knock came at a strike rate of 113.04. His run scoring rate is possibly one of the reasons why he has been dropped from the T20I squad.

The series against Afghanistan panned out decently for West Indies. After cleaning the Afghans up by 3-0 in the ODIs, the team lost the T20I series 1-2. But, they came back strongly in the only Test match to win it in a little over two days.

The next assignment for the Calypso Kings would be against India in India, the very country where they contested against Afghanistan. Although the conditions throughout India differ, the squad now has a basic understanding of the Indian conditions. Many of the Windies players are also a regular feature of the IPL and that will come in handy for them as well.

"We have three matches in each format, so we wanted to give each squad a chance to compete against India. No disrespect to Afghanistan, but facing India will be a more difficult series. Our players really got the hang of things, with the 3-0 series win in the ODIs [against Afghanistan], and I believe we will move from strength to strength," West Indies head coach Phil Simmons noted after the announcement of the squad.

Alen and Ramdin return

Fabian Allen - for the lack of a better term - falls in that bits and pieces category. He is pretty useful in all the three departments but still needs to develop his primary facet. That said, he has done well in the limited opportunities he has got, including those that came his way in the 2019 ODI World Cup.

Allen missed the T20I series against Afghanistan due to a knee injury but returns to the squad for the series against India. Similarly, Denesh Ramdin, who has recovered from a hamstring injury, also makes a comeback to the T20I squad.

Hope and Joseph miss out

Shai Hope made 52 runs in the only opportunity that he got in the T20I series against Afghanistan but that knock came at a strike rate of 113.04. His run scoring rate is possibly one of the reasons why he has been dropped from the T20I squad.

Another reason could be that West Indies are looking to try out as many players as they can leading up to the 2020 T20 World Cup so that they can settle down on a particular squad. There is a fair possibility of Hope finally making it to Australia.

Alzarri Joseph, after recovering from his knee injury, was selected in all the three squads for the Afghanistan series. But, he failed to impress and has been dropped for the moment.

Chris Gayle takes time off

Star batsman Chris Gayle earlier conveyed that the 2019 World Cup would be his last international assignment. However, he then decided to play the home series against India as well. As he walked out to a standing ovation, it was understood that it would be an end to his career in the national jersey. But, Gayle backtracked yet again and expressed his availability for the future series as well.

Gayle was approached by the West Indian selectors to be a part of the series against India but the opener instead chose to have some time off. He had an ordinary run in Mzansi Super League which might be a major reason for him to "recharge batteries and reflect" on his future.

Hope and Chase in red-hot ODI form

Shai Hope may be still trying to make a place for himself in the T20Is, but he is Windies' undisputed best batsman when it comes to ODI cricket. He has been appointed as the vice captain to skipper Kieron Pollard.

Hope piled up 229 runs in only 3 innings against Afghanistan. His strike rate, which works against him in the T20Is, actually becomes a strength in ODIs as the team has many batsmen who can score quickly but not many to provide stability.

Roston Chase, who has made a name for himself through his Test exploits, was also very good in the ODIs against Afghanistan and scored 145 runs from 3 innings at an average of 72.50. He contributed with the ball as well and actually finished as the highest wicket-taker in the ODI series with 6 wickets from 3 games.

Chase has found some success against India in the past as well and will be one of the main players for West Indies in the ODIs.

Onus on Kesrick Williams and Evin Lewis in T20Is

While Chase and Sheldon Cottrell did the job with the ball for the team in the ODIs against Afghanistan, Kesrick Williams stood out in the T20Is. Williams picked up 8 wickets from 3 games. He also boasts of an impressive T20I career with an average marginally over 15 and an economy of below 8, which is quite acceptable in modern-day cricket.

Evin Lewis was the star for West Indies in the Afghanistan T20Is and plundered 106 runs. Lewis is in elite company with two T20I centuries and has always cherished India as an opposition. His T20 average of over 30 and strike rate in excess of 150 make him a dangerous customer.

Let's have a look at the West Indies squads for their tour of India:

T20I squad - Kieron Pollard (c), Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Lendl Simomns, Keserick Williams, Hayden Walsh Jr

ODI squad - Kieron Pollard (c), Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr

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