There is no better way than preparing for the World Cup than playing against the reigning champions. With less than a year to go for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, India host reigning champions West Indies for a three-match T20 International series, to be followed by as many One Day Internationals.
The equation between the two T20 World Cups has changed a lot. Hosts India are a team to beat in any conditions and any formats of the game, whereas Caribbeans will have to overcome the disappointment of losing to minnows Afghanistan in the shortest format of international cricket. They though had a decent run in the ODI series against Afghanistan, who play their “home matches” at Lucknow.
On the other hand, India are coming off from a win against Bangladesh in a three-match T20 series after losing the first T20. The likes of Virat Kohli, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, rested for the limited overs series against Bangladesh, are making a comeback. India have almost kept the same squad for both the series with just a couple of differences.
India had thrashed Windies 3-0 in the T20Is and 2-0 in the ODIs when these two sides met last in the Caribbean in August 2019.
With a lot of T20s to be played from now and next year, both the teams would also like to improve on their rankings. West Indies are placed 10th in the table while India are placed 5th. This series also gives both the teams a chance to try and test their players and to consolidate a team for next year’s world cup.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohd. Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Fabian Allan, Sherfane Rutherford, Kesrick Williams, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Dinesh Ramdin, Sheldon Cottrell, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohd. Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh, Alzarri Joseph, Romario Shepherd.
The Windies tour of India kicks off with T20Is in Hyderabad on December 6 followed by Thiruvananthapuram on December 8 and finishing off in Mumbai on December 11. The 50-over format matches will be held in Chennai, Visakhapatnam, and Cuttack on December 15, 18 and 22 respectively.
Live Broadcast: The T20I and ODI matches will broadcast on Star Sports network channels with a Hindi language simulcast on DD Sports. The feed will also be streamed LIVE on Star Sports OTT platform Hotstar.