India vs West Indies, 1st T20I

India vs West Indies, 1st T20I

India vs West Indies, 1st T20I

India will play the 1st T20 against West Indies without their star players MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli on Sunday in Kolkata.

In the spin department, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will look to continue their chemistry, and India have also named uncapped Krunal Pandya and Shahbaz Nadeem, who returned with a record List A figures of 8/10 for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The good balls from the fast bowlers -- like when debutant Khaleel Ahmed angled one across Denesh Ramdin and induced an edge or when he tempted Kieron Pollard with a ball that slanted away or the Jasprit Bumrah delivery that beat Darren Bravo but missed the outside edge -- didn't fetch wickets.

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However, the visitors were struck a big blow late in the evening with the news that star allrounder Andre Russell had withdrawn from the series on account of an injury.

From India's perspective, Rohit will be looking to lead by example at a venue where he has set a few landmarks.

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite said he would have preferred to bowl first as well.

Captaincy seems to bring out the best in Sharma who notched up 317 runs (average 105.66) in five innings in their title-winning campaign at the Asia Cup. In the final-12 team announced for the first T20I, Pant will be behind the stumps with Dinesh Karthik also there to bolster the team's middle order. "The team retains some experienced players who will work alongside the younger group which is very important for their development". Shikhar Dhawan also has a chance to re-establish his credentials after a moderate outing in the one-dayers.

It was a flawless scenario for the aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant as he had ample time in the middle to play a match-winning knock and justify his inclusion in the side. Krunal Pandya may get a look in ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal.

Now, yesterday the team management declared the 12-man squad for the first T20 match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata and Krunal Pandya could make a debut into the Indian squad.

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