India vs West Indies 1st T20I Dream11 Prediction: Following a comprehensive thumping in the three matches ODI series, team India is all set to lock horns with their West Indies counterparts for the opener of the three matches T20I series. The series will be played in the iconic Eden Gardens of Kolkata with zero crowd attendance.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has quickly stressed focusing on national duties rather than presuming about the IPL. The IPL 2022 Mega Auction has concluded a couple of nights ago and several players got rewarded with a handsome sum for their consistent performances of the past.
“It was understood the guys will go through emotional ups and downs, about which team they are going to play (in the IPL). That was done the day before. Yesterday we had a great meeting and asked the players to focus on the colour blue.”
With some of the key players missing out on the series due to injuries, it will be important for the substitutes to leave a strong mark for the selectors to assess. KL Rahul and Washington Sundar have sustained hamstring blows and both have been ruled out of the entire T20I series. Axar Patel is also unavailable as he is still recovering from his COVID.
Meanwhile, the visitors will be eager to bounce back after their gloomy ODI series. West Indies batting hasn’t been a pleasing sight in the recent past, especially in the 50 overs format. They have failed big time, despite their bowlers showing tremendous efforts.
West Indies travelled to India after they hammered England in the five matches T20I series by 3-2. Kieron Pollard and Co will be hopeful for similar efforts from each of their departments to cover the losses incurred in the ODI series.
Match: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I
Day/Date: Wednesday/February 16
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Time: 07:00 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
India vs West Indies 1st T20I Pitch Report:
Dew didn’t bother anyone during the ODI series in Ahmedabad, but it is likely to play a role in Kolkata. Predominantly due to the dew factor, the captains will opt to chase down the target, if the coin falls in their favour. The surface will be happy to aid the batters largely, with little to no help for the seamers.
India vs West Indies Probable Playing11 and Full Squad:
India Playing11: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav/Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Full Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harshal Patel, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
West Indies Playing11: Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell/Dominic Drakes.
Full Squad: Jason Holder, Brandon King, Darren Bravo, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Sheldon Cottrell, Kieron Pollard(c), Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Nicholas Pooran(w), Akeal Hosein, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh
India vs West Indies 1st T20I Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Tips:
Rohit Sharma (c), Brandon King, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (vc), Romario Shepherd, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Odean Smith.