After winning the ODI series, the three-match T20 series will begin on Wednesday. The Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata will host all three Fatafat cricket matches. Team India is considered the favourite to win this series as well.
KL Rahul, the team’s vice-captain, is injured and will miss the series. In such a scenario, Ishan Kishan could open with Rohit Sharma in the first match.
Since 2017, India has not lost a match.
The last three bilateral T20I series between India and the West Indies have been won by India. The last time West Indies beat India in a T20I series was in 2017. In the last five years, Team India has not been able to defeat the West Indies.
Keep an eye on these players.
In the IPL auction held just before the T20 series, ten players from the current Indian team received significant bids. All eyes will be on Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders, Rs 12 crore 25 lakh), Harshal Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rs 10 crore 75 lakh), and Shardul Thakur (Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rs 10 crore 75 lakh) in such a situation (Delhi Capitals, Rs 10 crore 75 lakh).
Kohli’s form is a major source of concern.
Virat Kohli, the former captain of Team India, failed to impress in the one-day international series. In this situation, a big innings from this player is expected in today’s match. Kohli’s last century came in November 2019 against Bangladesh on the same ground. Apart from Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav will be key players for the team. During the ODI series, both of these players were in excellent form.
West Indies are looking for their first victory.
Yuzvendra Chahal, who made a sensational comeback in the ODI series, will be the man in charge of the spin department. After Washington Sundar was ruled out of the series due to a hamstring strain, it’s unclear whether Rajasthan leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi will get a chance to make his debut. After a strong showing in the IPL and domestic cricket, Bishnoi has been named to the squad.
The first match is important for Pollard’s team.
The Kieron Pollard-led West Indies team will be looking to improve on their ODI performance in their T20 series. Jason Holder, an all-rounder, has been in excellent form, taking four wickets in four balls in the final T20I match against England. Other all-rounders on the team include Odeon Smith, Akil Hossain, and Pollard.