The previous match was the first time when we saw India perform like the team we expect it to. The most crucial part was that it was all without Kohli contributing much with the bat. Rayudu might get a permanent no.4 position for some time after the brilliant knock he played in the previous game. With
Kedar and Dhoni to back him up, this should ease the middle order issue for some time if everything goes as planned. Windies, on the other hand, were brilliant in the first three games; however, they might not have been able to cope up with the pressure in the last game resulting in the loss. They will try to buckle-up for one last time to level the series and start the T20 series with confidence.
Overall Matches – 125
West Indies- 62
Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
This is another ground which will host their first international ODI. This will be a humid ground with pitch again favoring the batsmen like the other grounds in this series.
STATS – T20I
|Matches won batting first||1|
|Average 1st Inns scores||67|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||61|
|Highest total recorded||67/5 (8 Ov) by IND vs NZ|
|Lowest score defended||67/5 (8 Ov) by IND vs NZ|
There should not be any change in the team for this game. The team looked in good form in the last game. Khaleel was brilliant with the ball showing everyone why he has been fast-tracked for the world cup. A left-arm seamer will be an excellent addition to the team in England conditions. With Ambati and Kedar giving some solid performances in the middle order with the bat, they might keep their respective positions in the world cup if everything goes right. The only weak link left is Dhoni. If he gets going, then there will be no stopping for this team. They do have an excellent team combination with depth in batting and bowling along with experience in the side.
They will be entering their most comfortable zone after this match which is T20s. The shorter the format of the game the more dangerous they become. There should not be a lot of changes in the team as they have played well barring the last game. They have got some new talents n the team who have exploited this tour to their fullest including Hope, Hetmeyer and Rovman Powell who could be the next power hitter for the team. He will come handy as a medium pace all-rounder for the team. The senior player didn’t do well on this tour which has been sad, but the young players did compensate for it.
|Rohit Sharma||Chandrapaul Hemraj|
|Shikhar Dhawan||Kieran Powell|
|Virat Kohli||Shai Hope (wk)|
|Ambati Rayudu||Shimron Hetmeyer|
|Rishabh Pant/ Kedar Jadhav||Marlon Samuels|
|MS Dhoni (wk)||Rovman Powell|
|Ravindra Jadeja||Jason Holder (c)|
|Bhuvneshwar Kumar||Ashley Nurse|
|Yuzvendra Chahal||Obed McCoy|
|Kuldeep Yadav||Kemar Roach|
|Jasprit Bumrah||Fabian Allen|