Reserve captain Shikhar Dhawan will once again look to make a statement when the Indian team, including outfield players, will face the West Indies in the coming second ODI here on Sunday. Win the first game by three runs, another win will see India win a row in the ODI series in the Caribbean. Be it Dhawan and the returning man of Shubman Gill, or the arrival of Mohammad Siraj as the leader of the bowling assault in the absence of Mohammed Shami and the experienced Jasearch Bumrah, India has marked them all. all the boxes on Friday to take a 1-0 lead in a three-match series.
First, it’s about Gill as the highly regarded opener, returning to the ODI performance after more than 19 months, seizing the opportunity with both hands with the career-best 64.
Putting the lead in front of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan, Gill made hitting the ball easy when most of them struggled after the ball was softer at Queen’s Park Oval.
During his shot, he scored on a run and broke six touchlines and a few six-balls, and it took a while to finish mid-court.
Gill is up to him to turn his good starts into big hits, and he will certainly look to do so and cement his place on the team.
Dhawan played a perfect second shot against Gill when the opening value was 119 from 106 balls, but the senior player almost missed his 18th century.
With Shreyas Iyer also having rediscovered some form over the course of half a century, it was a flawless performance in the Indian team’s top three, but the demise of the middle order followed and India was solved 308 for seven after being in position to pass 350.
In midfield, the focus will be on smasher Sanju Samson as he once again fails to capitalize on opportunities at this level, returning with 18 12 tackles.
However, the Kerala defender made up for his shortcoming with a stunning save from the dead, which played a role in helping India win the final ball of the game with the guard Mohammed Siraj 15 runs.
On Sunday, the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Samson, Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel will want to deliver.
Dhawan surprised by the absence of injured Ravindra Jadeja, allowing part-timer Deepak Hooda to beat expert Yuzvendra Chahal in the first 20 rounds.
Chahar returned with a lesser score but he was the most economical pitcher of the day (4.40) for the Indians, finishing with 0/22 from his five passes and forcing the West Indies to play catch up.
Siraj stands out as the speed spear that knocks out Nicholas Pooraj in the midfield and comes back in the dead with his perfect yorks.
With the streak going, the West Indies look set to end their losing streak in the ODIs, which has now stretched to seven, including a 0-3 loss to Bangladesh in the previous game.
This series is not part of the ICC World Cup Super League, and the West Indies have the opportunity to play without ranking pressure.
The last time India toured the West Indies for an ODI series, the Men in Blue team won 2-0, with one game drifting due to rain.
The ODI series will be followed by a 5-match T20I series, featuring an almost full-strength Indian team.
Teams (from): West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (captain), Shai Hope (vice captain), Shamarh Brooks, Keacy Carty, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell and Jayden Seales.
India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (week), Sanju Samson (week), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.
Match starts: 7pm IST.
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