India vs West Indies: Top Fantasy Picks & Series Preview

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The Momentum Game Credits: GQ

After a smooth whitewash against the Windies in the T20 series, India would look to keep the momentum going for the much-awaited ODI series. The 3 match ODI series begins today at the Providence Stadium, Guyana and the other 2 matches are scheduled on the 11th & 14th of this month at the Queens Park Oval, Trinidad.

The major attraction of this series would be Chris Gayle playing his last ODI series after his declaration about the same in the post World Cup conference. The Universe Boss would be set to go all guns blazing after his debut GT20 Season in Canada where he captained the Vancouver Knights. Interestingly he’s only 12 runs behind the great Brian Charles Lara who holds the record of most ODI runs for the West Indies (10,504).

Head-To-Head

Total- 127

India- 60

West Indies- 62

Tie- 2

No Result- 2

Pitch & Conditions

After a few days of showers, the pitch at Guyana looks like a bowler-friendly track in the first half of the match but considering the slowness of the pitch, the team batting 2nd might face a whole lot of challenges. Therefore, the role of the toss won’t matter much as the team strategy and their approach to the game.

Probable 22 for the game

West Indies:1 Chris Gayle, 2 Evin Lewis/John Campbell, 3 Shai Hope (wk), 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Keemo Paul, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Oshane Thomas, 11 Sheldon Cottrell

India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 KL Rahul, 5 Manish Pandey/Kedar Jadhav/Shreyas Iyer, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk) 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Khaleel Ahmed/Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal

Playing 11 for the 1st ODI

Rohit Sharma(C), Chris Gayle(VC), Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sheldon Cottrell, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed & Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav with 93 wickets in 51 matches is only 7 wickets away to bag his 100 & become the youngest Indian bowler to do so and he has 4 matches to surpass Mohammed Shami’s record.

Prediction

Looking at the way India dominated in the T20s, it would be easy to say that the longer limited-overs edition would see high scoring matches given the nature of the game in Trinidad. India have a chance to try out Shreyas Iyer and Khaleel Ahmed yet again to prove their mettle. We are going with 2-1 in favor of India if at all Chris Gayle dominates one of the 3 matches enough to take the Windies over the line.

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