India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019 – The 3 Match Series of the T20 International matches will start from today. The 1st of the three T20 International Match will be played at Uppal, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Both the teams have geared up for a mind-blowing contest.
West Indies are the current defending champions of the World T20 and so, the onus is upon them to defend the crown. In 2016, when the West Indies won their 2nd T20 title, they had some big names which are now missing in this series. Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, and Sunil Narine will be missed by the visitors.
India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019
But, they have the experience and some good caliber players like Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Shrimron Hetmyer, and Sheldon Cottrell. These are the players who can strike their form on any given day and take the game away from the opposition.
Even though the form of Shrimron Hetmyer will be a concern for the Windies, he was sensational in their last tour to India. But since that, it has been from bad to worse for him as also for the Windies’ team. Against Afghanistan too, he did not do that well and the same story was repeated in the 2019 world cup in England where the West Indies won only 1 match in the whole tournament.
India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019 – West Indies will hope that Hetmyer fires for them at the crucial juncture. They have backed him even though, he is in a bad form. Now Hetmyer should realize that and deliver for his team. His form will be crucial for them and if he could hold the middle order together then that would be good for the Windies.
Jason Holder and skipper Kieron Pollard are the others who could do the damage. Holder is the most relied player for West Indies. As an all-rounder, he would be the one who could hold the innings in such a way that West Indies would see themselves as clear winners of the contest.
India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019 – Skipper Kieron Pollard too is a dangerous one from which team India should be aware of. His four overs and his batting in the final overs will help West Indies in posting a good total. India doesn’t have Bumrah in this series, so there might be a chance where the other Indian pacers might prove costly because of the onslaught provided by Pollard and co.
The bowling looks impressive but it is also inexperienced. Only Holder and Pollard have the experience of bowling in the Indian conditions, which is due to the exposure that they have in the Indian Premier League. But bowlers like Cottrell, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, and Hayden Walsh don’t have such experiences. The West Indies have just one spinning all-rounder and that is Fabian Allen who might cause them the problem.
India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019 – Allen is a useful batsman in the lower order but his experience as the spin bowler is not that good as compared to someone like India’s Washington Sundar and Ravindra Jadeja. Allen might be expensive as the lone spinner and the Indian batsmen might be after him.
India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019 Timings and Venue details
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date & Time: Dec 06, 07:00 PM LOCAL
The Windies will also have to choose between the experience of Denesh Ramsin and the flamboyant, Nicholas Pooran as their wicket-keeper batsman. But here, Pooran will win the race. Even though he is a flamboyant player but he delivers for the team, unlike Ramdin who hasn’t played much of the T20 cricket. So, the Windies might miss a trick if they go ahead with Ramdin for this match and the series.
India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019 – Preview – Probable XI Of West Indies
Evin Lewis, Lendi Simmions, Shrimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, and Hayden Walsh.
India, on the other hand, will continue the experiment for the World T20 but sadly a player like Sanju Samson won’t be a part of that. Kohli has hinted that they will back Rishabh Pant for the future and it looks like Pant will also be playing in the World T20 in Australia in October 2020.
India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019 – Rishabh Pant has been struggling for a good form for a long time now. He has neither done well in his domestic season nor for the national team. Pant’s only credibility is that he has scored just a few more runs in the IPL than Sanju Samson or MS Dhoni.
India should be looking at KL Rahul as well. Rahul will open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma, in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan who has been ruled out of the series due to an injury he sustained in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. This opening role will allow KL to continue his good form. He scored a match-winning fifty in the last T20 International against Bangladesh and in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy too, Rahul scored 3 half-centuries to his name.
India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019 – Rohit Sharma’s T20 form has been inconsistent. Hit Man hasn’t been the best for some matches in the shortest format now. He was ordinary against South Africa and Bangladesh but now needs to step up and deliver. Even if he has cemented his place in the T20 International setup, then also, he cant take his place in the team lightly, because nothing is permanent in cricket and at the last moment he may have to sit out for being out of form.
Virat Kohli will return as the skipper for the T20 Internationals. After a series draw against South Africa, Skipper Kohli will want to get back into the winning ways. He will also like to score more in the number three position.
Let us also talk about the pacers who will make a comeback into the T20 International side. Mohd Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be eyeing this series as a golden opportunity to prove that they can also perform in T20 matches. Bhuvi will make a comeback from an injury and Shami has been given a chance after his phenomenal performances in the longer version of the game. They will both give auditions as death overs specialists and for the first few overs as well.
India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019 – Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar might be the spin bowling all-rounders for this game. But nothing is sure till the squad is announced. India has lots of spinning options in the team. Spinners like Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzendra Chahal have also been in the contention to play this game. But the batting abilities of Jaddu and Sundar might allow them to play in this match.
The focus this time will again be on the hero of the final T20 match that India won against Bangladesh. Deepak Chachar will be seen in action again. He is India’s only bowler to take a T20 International hat trick and also has the best figures taken by any Indian bowler in the shortest format. Chachar will play under Kohli and is expected to do the same job as he did under the leadership of Rohit Sharma.
Shivam Dube is an all-rounder who will replace Hardik Pandya in the future. His bowling was good against Bangladesh but he will need to work on his batting also. That will allow Dube Ji to cement his place in the side. He bowled well in the final match of the T20 International series against Bangladesh and will be expected to continue the good work.
India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019 – Preview – Probable XI of Team India
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Mohd Shami.
Who will go 1 nil up in Hyderabad?
India vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2019 Channel name
The answers will come to us today at 7 PM IST on Star Sports Networks and live streaming will be available on HOTSTAR mobile app.