Team India is all set to kick off their five-match T20I series against West Indies at the renowned Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad. The exciting action is scheduled to commence on Thursday with the first T20I encounter. Notably, India showcased their prowess in the recently concluded three-match ODI series against the West Indies, securing a 2-1 victory, with the last match concluding at the same venue on Tuesday.
The West Indies cricket team, with their impressive record of being two-time T20 World Cup champions, will have the added advantage of co-hosting the 2024 T20 World Cup next year. This opportunity provides them with a platform to strengthen their position as one of the leading teams in the T20 format. Building their dominance and form in the lead-up to the tournament becomes paramount for the West Indies after failing to qualify for the ODI World Cup 2023 in India, which is scheduled to take place later this year.
On the other hand, India has emerged as a powerhouse in T20 cricket and has displayed exceptional prowess in their head-to-head T20I encounters against the West Indies. Out of the 25 matches played between the two sides so far, India has emerged victorious in 17, highlighting their dominance in this format.
In a significant development, Gujarat Titans’ captain, Hardik Pandya, has been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Indian cricket team. He took over the captaincy reins from Rohit Sharma in the second ODI match, assuming the crucial leadership role. The decision to appoint Hardik Pandya as the captain reflects the team management’s confidence in his leadership skills and on-field capabilities.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals’ talented opener, Yashasvi Jaiswal, is poised to make his T20I debut in the upcoming match. This opportunity comes on the back of his sensational Test debut in Dominica last month.
The West Indies cricket team will receive a significant boost to their T20I lineup with the inclusion of Lucknow Super Giants’ batter, Nicholas Pooran. The explosive batsman, who showcased his prowess in the Major League Cricket (MLC) as the highest run-scorer, will be available for the upcoming T20I series. His aggressive and power-packed batting style makes him a formidable force in the shortest format of the game, and his presence is expected to add strength to the West Indies’ batting line-up.
In addition to Nicholas Pooran, the return of ODI skipper Shai Hope and Rajasthan Royals’ pacer, Oshane Thomas, will further bolster the West Indies T20I side. Shai Hope, known for his versatility and consistency in the limited-overs format, will provide stability and depth to the batting order. His ability to build innings and accelerate when required makes him a valuable asset for the team.
In the upcoming T20I series, India is likely to feature players like Yuzvendra Chahal and Arshdeep Singh in the national team once again. These talented players have showcased their skills and potential in the past and are expected to bring their experience and expertise to bolster the Indian side’s performance in the T20 format.
India Vs West Indies 1st T20I Match Details:
Venue: Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad
Date & Time: August 3, 8:00 PM IST onwards
Live Streaming and TV Details:
- TV Broadcast: DD Sports
- Online Streaming: Jio Cinema (India) and Fancode website and app (Global)
Dream11 Team for India Vs West Indies 1st T20I Match
Captain: Hardik Pandya
Vice-captain: Shubman Gill
It is essential to consider the playing conditions, pitch report, and the latest updates on player availability before finalizing your Dream11 team. Additionally, be sure to stay updated on the official team announcements and any last-minute changes that may impact player selections. Good luck with your Dream11 team!
IND Vs WI 1st T20I Predicted 11
- Shubman Gill
- Yashasvi Jaiswal
- Ishan Kishan/Sanju Samson (wk)
- Tilak Varma
- Hardik Pandya (c)
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Axar Patel
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Yuzvendra Chahal/Ravi Bishnoi
- Arshdeep Singh
- Mukesh Kumar/Umran Malik/Avesh Khan
- Brandon King
- Kyle Mayers
- Johnson Charles/Shai Hope (wk)
- Nicholas Pooran
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Rovman Powell (c)
- Roston Chase
- Jason Holder
- Romario Shepherd/Odean Smith
- Akeal Hosein
- Alzarri Joseph/Oshane Thomas
The match promises to be an exciting encounter as both teams field their best talent to showcase their skills in the shortest format of the game. Fans can look forward to witnessing some thrilling performances as India and West Indies lock horns in the 1st T20I.