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Team India would like to continue their winning run as they take on West Indies in the first T20I of the three-match series. The encounter takes place at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday (February 16). Having won the preceding ODI series 3-0, Rohit Sharma’s men would be high on confidence. However, West Indies thrashed England 3-2 in their last T20I assignment. Hence, tables can turn aroud in the upcoming series.
Besides winning the series, Team India’s focus would be on building a formidable squad for the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia. Notably, the Men in Blue suffered a horrendous campaign in last year’s T20 World Cup, after starting as pre-tournament favourites. Many loopholes in the Indian team were exposed as the team management would look to work on those.
West Indies didn’t either enjoy a great time last year’s competition as they lost four of their five league-stage games. However, they have many potent names in their squad and taking them lightly won’t be wise for India.
“It was understood the guys will go through emotional ups and downs, about which team they are going to play (in the IPL). That was done the day before. Yesterday we had a great meeting and asked the players to focus on the colour blue.”
That was Rohit Sharma responding to the emotions the players felt having had huge paydays in the IPL auction ahead of the T20I series against West Indies. Ishan Kishan, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Shardul Thakur and Avesh Khan were picked at handsome sums to reward their past performances in the tournament. But Rohit was quick to stress to his players that “the IPL auction is done and dusted. Focus on the colour blue right now.”
With several key players either out injured or rested, India are looking to give enough game time to the fringe players to help them build for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. However, Rohit acknowledged the team isn’t looking to experiment a lot and the players have already been given clarity about the roles they are expected to play in the world tournament. From now on, the focus is set to be on execution and planning to right the wrongs of the last T20 World Cup.
Pitch Condition & Weather Report:
The key to score runs on this pitch would be spending time in the middle. The track is known offer assistance for the spinners, and the only way for the batters to emerge on top is through being patient.
Match: India vs West Indies
Series: West Indies tour of India 2022
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Time: 19:00 local / 19:00 IST / 18:30 PST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Live Streaming: SONY SIX TV, Star Sports HD TV Live
India vs West Indies Live SCORECARD:
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur/ Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Romario Shepherd, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard/Roston Chase, Rovaman Powell, Jason Holder, Fabien Allen, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell.
India vs West Indies Prediction:
India is expected to win this match.
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