India vs West Indies 1st ODI; India and West Indies are ready to square up against each other in the upcoming 3-match ODI series, which starts on Friday, 22nd July, at Queen’s Park Oval Stadium.
After the successful tour of England, India is visiting West Indies for ODIs and T20s. West Indies too have been in the action lately as they just finished playing with Bangladesh. They were brilliant in the Test and T20I format but struggled in the ODI format where they were beaten 0-3. West Indies lost the 1st ODI by 6 wickets, the 2nd by 9 wickets, and the 3rd by 4 wickets.
West Indies is recently struggling in the ODI format and things are going to be tougher for West Indies to compete with the daunting and powerful India.
On the other hand, team India is just coming back from England with a victory in both T20I and ODI formats. During the 3 ODIs, India crushed England by 10 wickets in the 1st ODI but they lost the second by 100 runs. In the 3rd match, India outruns England by 5 wickets and bagged a 2-1 victory. But the absence of the big players Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Rishabh Pant may affect the team performance.
While the skipper Rohit Sharma is on rest, team India will be led by Shikhar Dhawan. The West Indies squad is more similar to the one which goes for Bangladesh and Nicholas Pooran will lead them.
West Indies had toured India in February this year to play the white-ball series with India. But they lost the 3 ODIs and 3 T20s altogether. They may bounce back in the home series in return.
India and West Indies had a record of overall 136 matches and 67 of them were won by India. West Indies had won 63 matches out of it and 2 were on a tie. While looking at the record of the matches played at Queen’s Park, Oval, India leads the list by winning 8 matches out of 16. In the last 5 matches between India and West Indies, India had won all. But when it comes to the record of matches played in West Indies, the hosts have a lead. Out of 39 matches played, 20 were won by the West Indies while India has won only 16.
The pitch at Queen’s Park Oval is favorable for batters. The one who wins the toss might go with bowling. Out of 69 matches played at the Queen’s, 34 were won who bowled first. India might opt for a similar strategy they used while playing with England, as India opted to bowl first in all the 3 ODIs.
West Indies batsmen Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, and Shamrah Brooks are on the top list to score runs. Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph are expected to pick most wickets for West Indies. For team India, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Deepak Hooda, and Suryakumar Yadava are predominant in batting. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja may also play a major role in the game. When it comes to bowling, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj are prevailing on the list. Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson may be the openers and they have a responsibility to provide a quick start.
This series is not part of the World Cup Super League, but both teams are eager to look forward to the result. The second and third ODI matches are scheduled on the 24th and 27th of July at the Queen’s Park Oval. The five T20I matches will be followed after the ODI series, playing from July 29 to August 7.
India vs West Indies 2022: ODI Squads
India squad: Shikhar Dhawan (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (vice-captain), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh.
West Indies Squad: Nicholas Pooran (C), Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Keacy Carty, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Shai Hope, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales.
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