West Indies vs India, 4th T20I Preview: In experiment mode, India look to seal the series
The good news for the Indian fans is that Rohit Sharma, after suffering a back spasm in the third T20I and retiring hurt, is back to full fitness and will take part in the remaining two T20Is.
After a long and painful wait, it has finally been confirmed that the last two T20s of the 5 match series are on track. The matches will be played at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida which is part of the push by India and West Indies to popularise the game in the United States and take it to a new audience, other than the diaspora, which is already interested in cricket.
However, until a day after the 3rd T20, it wasn't confirmed whether or not the teams would be able to fly out to the USA as several members of the Indian contingent hadn't been granted US visas.
It is courtesy of the efforts of Cricket West Indies and a timely diplomatic intervention by the Guyanese government that the visas have finally come through and the matches are on schedule.
Drakes, King to get another opportunity
Coming to the team combinations, both teams are not likely to make a lot of changes to their playing XI. West Indies brought in Dominic Drakes in place of Odean Smith in the last match and are expected to stick with him.
The move of promoting Brandon King to the top of the order alongside Kyle Mayers has been hit or miss, but King is expected to get at least one more opportunity.
Avesh Khan under pressure
India rested Ravindra Jadeja and brought in Deepak Hooda in his place in the third T20. However, Hooda did not have much to do as he bowled just one over, giving away only one run and then did not get to bat. He is expected to get another opportunity.
India have been struggling with Avesh Khan who has blown hot and cold. Harshal Patel is waiting on the bench and will be looking forward to getting some game time.
Other than that, things look under control for India. Suryakumar Yadav has been promoted to open the batting and he delivered in the third T20 with a match winning 76 off 44 deliveries. By the time he was dismissed, after having batted at a strike rate of 172.73 in the chase of 165, the match was as good as over.
The kind of shots he played in front of the wicket of short of length deliveries were a delight to watch. If it wasn't a certainty already before the series began, Suryakumar Yadav has more than cemented his place in the Indian XI.
In fact, he has climbed to the second spot in the T20 International batting rankings and is more than likely to take over Babar Azam shortly.
While Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a reliable customer, Arshdeep Singh has impressed one and all in this series and has taken big strides towards making the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
The good news for the Indian fans is that Rohit Sharma, after suffering a back spasm in the third T20I and retiring hurt, is back to full fitness and will take part in the remaining two T20Is. It's T20 cricket, it's high-octane, and it's USA as India look to seal the series.
Predicted Playing XIs
West Indies - Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Devon Thomas (wk), Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Dominic Drakes, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy
India - Rohit Sharma (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Deepak Hooda, Avesh Khan/Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh
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