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04 November 2018, 04:44 | Charlene Valdez
India Vs West Indies, 1st T20I
With Virat Kohli rested ahead of the bigger battles Down Under, India's stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma will have the task getting India's record better against the Windies.
The hosts would want skipper Rohit to lead from the front and continue his purple patch with the bat. He would look to carry his fine form from the ODI series, in which he finished behind Kohli, with 389 runs, at a staggering average of 129.66.
Besides, Eden is also a happy hunting ground for Rohit. The classy opener also made his first-class debut at Eden and got his first IPL ton here.
The tourists will depend on their famed T20 specialists who play in different leagues across the globe to come good. From West Indies' perspective too, the next World T20 is two years away, so it's debatable how much they will gain from this series apart from the fact that their young players will have some valuable worldwide experience.
With Rovman Powell still new to worldwide cricket, much then will rest on the shoulders of veterans Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin, while captain Carlos Brathwaite's role will also be pivotal. The reigning World champions will also be without explosive all-rounder Andre Russell and also off-spinner Sunil Narine, both of whom are injured.
Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne said: "With the T20 World Cup two years away the process of rebuilding a squad to be a competitive unit for the tournament is critical at this stage".
The Windies will also miss offie Ashley Nurse who picked up an injury during the ODIs and has been ruled out. The humidity is expected to be high and there will be a bit of dew as well throughout the match. After winning the Test series 2-0 and the ODI series 3-1, India will be looking to complete a trio of series wins against the Windies. The Windies have won only twice - the victory against ICC World XI included - in 2018, losing two games to Bangladesh in their last couple of encounters. They have played eight games in all so far out of which one match has remained inconclusive.
The Windies, on the other hand, will look forward to their youngster Shimron Hetmeyer, who scored 259 runs in the ODI series, including a century in Guwahati.
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