Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed handed maiden T20I cap

Elena Summers
November 4, 2018

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli chased the target in just 14.5 overs despite the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan early on.

Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne said: "With the T20 World Cup two years away the process of rebuilding a squad to be a competitive unit for the tournament is critical at this stage".

West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (Capt.), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Shai Hope, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas, Khary Pierre, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran.

The Eden crowd, apart from Kohli will also miss M.S. Dhoni who has not been picked for the T20Is.


This will certainly inspire West Indies which has reworked the squad, bringing in quite a few T20 specialists. Shahbaz Nadeem and Khaleel Ahmed have also been named for this series.

Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav.

Hetmyer, 21, is also in superb form scoring 259 runs in the ODI series including the counter-attacking 106 in Guwahati. The Eden track promises a run feast with a bit of grass on the surface affording even bounce and the ball expected to come on to the bat nicely. It was 4/45 when Pant fell, worse than West Indies who were 4/47, before Karthik and Pandey absorbed the pressure with a 38-run stand and before he and Pandya took India home. After registering comprehensive victories against the Windies in the Test and ODI series, an upbeat Team India will look to continue their winning momentum in the shortest format as well. Moreover, the visitors have been bolstered by the return of Keiron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Andre Russel and Carlos Brathwaite.

"India at home in any format are very formidable, especially with the advent of IPL and the amount of T20 cricket that the Indian superstars play - they definitely start as favourites", he pointed out. Rishabh Pant is confirmed to be a part of the playing XI.

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