India are in a very happy position right now. They have beaten England on their home soil in the ODI series and are now looking forward to doing the same against the West Indies. India would surely like to give West Indies a whitewash.
The team is doing great at the moment. In the third ODI, Rishabh Pant played a crucial knock of 125 to help India clinch the ODI series 2-1. Hardik Pandya was awarded the Player of the Series for his performances in the three ODIs.
However, many of India’s big players are now sitting out of the ODI series against West Indies while some will be joining the team after recovering from their surgeries or injuries. Shikhar Dhawan is the skipper who will be responsible to lead the youngsters well.
West Indies, on the other hand, are just not doing well this year in the ODI format. They have now lost six of their last ODIs and would now like to get some wins under their belt by defeating India in the first ODI. They would need all of their players to step up as well.
The Windies are also faring badly with their win-loss ratio which has dropped after their string of losses in the ODIs. To remedy the issue, head coach Phil Simmons and skipper Nicholas Pooran have instructed their players to bat till the full quota of 50 overs, something which the Windies have not been able to do well in the recent past.
Some good news for the West Indies is that Jason Holder is back after injury and will be available for the first game against India tomorrow.
The Queen’s Park Oval should provide an even game tomorrow for both India and the West Indies. Recently, Pooran criticised the pitches used against Bangladesh in the ODI series. But, for tomorrow’s game, the pitch conditions look good however the last international ODI played at Guyana was in 2019. So, it will be seen tomorrow how the pitch plays out. Tomorrow, the teams can expect cloudy weather and the temperature could be around 30 degrees celsius.
WI vs IND, 1st ODI Probable Playing XI:
India have plenty of options to form their playing XI for the first ODI tomorrow. The big question is who will open with Shikhar Dhawan? Will India include Shardul Thakur in their squad? As for the seamers, India have options there as well. Axar Patel, however, may have to sit out as Ravindra Jadeja is the vice-captain for this series.
Predicted Playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad/Ishan Kishan(wk), Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan/Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
West Indies would like to build up a winning momentum after accruing a string of losses. Their win-loss ratio is also a sore point for them. With Bangladesh beating West Indies comfortably in their backyard, the hosts will need a strong playing XI against India who have a pretty superior squad than the hosts.
Predicted Playing XI:
Shai Hope(wk), Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales
Venue: Port of Spain
Date: 22nd July 2022
Time: 7:00 PM IST
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