Match Preview – West Indies vs India, India in West Indies 2022, 2nd T20I
The Indian machine T20 purrs again. All the talk from inside the team – from the coach to the captain to the players – is that they haven’t done much different. But it’s pretty clear that the early exit from last year’s T20 World Cup led to something of a revolution.
From being a team that totally relied on their big bad top three – to the point that Virat Kohli once slouched at the prospect of ever dropping Rohit Sharma – India are now charging their finishers just to get the ball rolling things a bit. Rishabh Pant had a stint as an England flyhalf. Suryakumar Yadav also in the first T20I of this series.
India have also warmed up to the idea of picking super-specialists, with Arshdeep Singh working his way into the XI just to topple his remarkably hard-to-hit yorkers to the death and Dinesh Karthik pretty much nailing his place in as long as 12-ball 38 guys not come out. It’s a brave new world out there.
West Indies:LWWLL (Last five matches, most recent first)
Harshal Patel had to make way for Tarouba because the conditions required three spinners. But now that the T20 caravan has moved to Basseterre, he could find his way back to the XI. The 31-year-old designer has an uncanny knack for throwing exactly the ball batters don’t want to face in endgames. And a captain will want an asset like that more often than not.
Brandon King and Romario Shepherd are set to return to the XI after missing the first T20I due to US visa appointments. Also, playing a single spinner in Tarouba has backfired on West Indies, so they might be tempted to consider bringing in Hayden Walsh Jr on Monday.
West Indies: 1 Kyle Mayers, 2 Brandon King, 3 Nicholas Pooran (capt & wk), 4 Jason Holder, 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Romario Shepherd, 8 Akeal Hosein, 9 Keemo Paul/Hayden Walsh Jr, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Obed McCoy
India: 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Suryakumar Yadav, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Dinesh Karthik, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Ravi Bishnoi/Harshal Patel, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Arshdeep Singh