West Indies tour of India 2019: Preview, Match Schedule, Team Squads and Series Predictions
All you need to know about the West Indies tour of India, comprising 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs. The series kicks off on December 6 with the first T20I in Hyderabad.
India and West Indies have played a total of 14 T20Is against each other, out of which India have won eight while West Indies have won five.
In the initial years, West Indies had an edge over India. However, in the last couple of years, India have gained an advantage. Apart from their 3-0 series victory in the Caribbean this year itself, Team India also got the better of the Calypso Kings when they toured in 2018.
India and West Indies have been quite neck and neck as far as the ODIs are concerned with 61 and 62 wins out of the 128 ODIs respectively. That again, is more a reflection of the past than of the current scenario when India start clear favourites.
If India were able to beat the Kieron Pollard-led side in both the T20Is and ODIs this year, when they were not playing with a full-strength squad, now that many key players have returned, it should be easier for India to repeat that feat.
Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar return to the Indian team, strengthening their bowling line-up which already includes Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar.
West Indies would expect a bit more from two of their fiery middle order batsmen Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer than they have delivered in recent times. With his experience, skipper Kieron Pollard will be key for the visitors.
Shai Hope is expected to be the thorn in India's flesh in the ODIs. They will also have to be wary of Roston Chase who is capable of making useful contributions both with the bat and ball.
"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, especially in the ODI. Our players really the hang of thing with the 3-0 series win and I believe we will move from strength to strength," Windies coach Phil Simmons said after announcing the squad.
West Indies have gone for the youth of Brandon King, Khary Pierre, Sherfane Rutherford, Keserick Williams and Hayden Walsh Jr over the experience of all-rounders Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo. This also gives them an opportunity to try out a few young players against an experienced side like India.
The hosts are expected to be too strong for them in the ODIs but West Indies' performance in the T20Is against Afghanistan and their awareness of the conditions can make for some closely fought cricket in the T20Is.
Here are the predictions for the series:
Winner - India (2-1) in T20Is, India (3-0) in ODIs
Top Run Scorer - Rohit Sharma in T20Is, Virat Kohli in ODIs
Top Wicket Taker - Yuzvendra Chahal in T20Is, Sheldon Cottrell in ODIs
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
West Indies 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 (WK), Sherfane Rutherford, Lendl Simomns, Keserick Williams, Hayden Walsh Jr
West Indies ODI squad - Kieron Pollard (C), Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope (WK), Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr
India T20I squad - Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sanju Samson
India ODI squad - Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Risbhabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Let's have a look at the schedule of the series:
West Indies tour of India - 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is - Dec 06-Dec 22
Dec 06 Fri India v West Indies, 1st T20I Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 1:30 PM
Dec 08 India v West Indies, 2nd T20I Thiruvananthapuram 1:30 PM
Dec 11 India v West Indies, 3rd T20I Hyderabad 1:30 PM
Dec 15 India v West Indies, 1st ODI MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 8:30 AM
Dec 18 India v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam 8:30 AM
Dec 22 India v West Indies, 3rd ODI Barabati Stadium, Cuttack 8:30 AM
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