India is embarking on a full tour of the West Indies, its first assignment, after the World Cup. The team is scheduled to play three T20 Internationals, three ODI’s, and two test matches. The T20 World Cup around the corner and the beginning of the Test Championship is going to give a lot of context to this bilateral series.
The West Indies has named a full-strength side bringing back some more lost players to the fold and can challenge India in their own conditions. The West Indies were very successful against England at home before the World Cup and will want to build on that promise. West Indies has to play the ODI qualifiers to make it into the World Cup and we are sure it will want to start the new cycle in a better manner than before.
The West Indies ODI team played some exciting cricket in the World Cup but was unable to keep the consistency going for a long enough time. There is no doubt, though, that some very promising and talented youngsters are coming through the system and that bodes well for the future.
We love the side that the West Indies has put out for the T20 series. Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard are back in the side, Andre Russell is completely fit, and every single batsman looks capable of clearing the boundary at will.
West Indians have been living it up at T20 tournaments around the world and performing to their best. It is high time we saw some of what can happen when they all play together for the West Indies.
There are a lot of similarities between the T20 and ODI squad for the West Indies as well. Chris Gayle is probably playing his last series and wants a nice farewell tour. We don’t think the West Indian players truly care about this format anymore and this is the area that they are going to struggle the most in against India.
Big hitters of the cricket ball, some talent fast bowlers, and an excellent fielding side are all hallmarks of this West Indian squad that has been announced. The question for them is going to be about performing at the highest level in front of one of the best white-ball sides in the world.
A tour to the West Indies is often accompanied by groans from the Indian fans. The quality of the cricket between the two sides has not been very high quality and India has not been tested too often in these recent series.
This time, though, not only are the teams more evenly matched but there is also a lot more at stake for the visitors.
The Indian selection committee has chosen a lot of new faces for the T20’s, brought back some familiar ones for the 50 overs, and kept quite a solid, unchanged Test side.
There have been a lot of rumors swirling about the Indian cricket team off late. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are not seeing eye to eye, as reported, and the coach is going to be enjoying his extension with the prospect of a change coming up soon.
We want to see India tackle its long-standing problems with the middle order as well as start building a T20 side that can go to Australia and fight for the title. Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, and Rohit Sharma are the kinds of payers that can win you any match.
They are going to be closely watched and expected to hand you over the series without too much fuss. We don’t think that is going to be the case, though, and the Indian players will have to fight just to stay alive.
It must be remembered that the first two T20 international matches are going to be played in Florida. The ground at the venue is very small and the spinners are not going to be in the picture at all. We could see India choosing to bench it ace spinners while Sunil Narine is the only slow bowler willing to bowl in the power play to the Indian batsmen.
We think this India tour to the West Indies is going to be an intriguing one also because the World Test Championship is starting as well. Teams are going to get matches based on the number of matches per series.
This India vs West Indies series, for example, is going to give a weight of 60 points per test match for winning.
India’s tour of West Indies is going to be a tough one considering everything that is going around but we think India is going to be able to recover and continue to dominate the island nations when it comes to the cricket.
T20 Series: 2-1 India
ODI Series: 3-0 India
Test Series: 2-0 India