The first match of the T20 series between India and West Indies (IND vs WI) will be played on Wednesday, 16 February. Earlier in the 3-match ODI series team india defeated the visiting team 3-0. Now the Indian team would like to completely wipe out the Caribbean team in the T20 series as well. At the same time, the visiting team could not even open the account yet, by winning this series, the visiting team would try to save its honor. Before this series, Team India has suffered 3 major setbacks.
Vice-captain KL Rahul, Axar Patel and Washington Sundar have been ruled out of the series. In such a situation, instead of these three, 3 players have been added to the squad as a replacement. At present, before the first T20 match between India and West Indies (IND vs WI), let’s take a look at the opening pair of both the teams, with which they can land at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Team India Opening Pair
Rohit Sharma-Ishan Kishan
Even before the T20 match between India and West Indies (IND vs WI), vice-captain KL Rahul has been ruled out of the series due to injury and Ruturaj Gaikwad has been added to the squad in his place. But, who will come as opening in the first match with Rohit Sharma, this is the biggest question. Ishan Kishan, who was sold as the most expensive player in the mega auction this year, is considered to be its biggest contender. He also opened with Hitman in the first match.
In the first match, Ishan Kishan with Rohit Sharma is believed to be landing as the opening. Because Shikhar Dhawan is also not a part of the squad of this T20 series. On the other hand, Ruturaj Gaikwad has not got a chance to debut at the international level. That’s why captain Rohit Sharma would like to go with Ishaan. In the first ODI match, both have played each other’s side. In such a situation, it will be expected that Ishaan will give a good start to India along with Rohit.
West Indies Opening Pair
Brandon King-Kyle Mayers
In the first T20 match between India-West Indies (IND vs WI), Kyle Meyers’s landing with Brendam King is believed to be fixed. Earlier, Shai Hope had opened against Team India in the three-match ODI series with Brendam. But, this pair proved to be a flop in all three matches. Shai Hope is not a part of the squad in the T20 series. Therefore, Kyle Meyers can be seen opening the innings in his place. Taking a look at Kyle Meyers’ T20 record, he has not had much experience in this format.
He has played only 4 matches for the Caribbean team. In these 4 matches, he has batted at an average of 32. On the other hand, the condition of Brandom King is also similar. But, he has experience of 19 matches at the international level. In which he has scored runs at an average of 22. Although the record of both in T20 format may not have been very good. But, it will be expected that both will give a great start to their team.