India Vs Windies 2019/20: First ODI – India’s Predicted XI
The hosts India are getting ready for the three-match ODI series against Windies. On Sunday (15th December), they will play the opening game of this series at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai).
Ahead of this ODI series, they have just completed a three-match T20I series that India won by the 2-1 margins. The forthcoming ODI series is going to be the last international cricket assignment in 2019 for both these teams.
Here is the predicted XI for India for the upcoming Chennai ODI.
After failing to reach the 25 runs mark in five consecutive innings, the limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma finally scored 71 runs in the Mumbai T20I. Except for those few cheap batting performances, the no.2-ranked ODI batsman Rohit Sharma is currently in a great form with the bat.
In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul took over the opening batting role in the recently concluded home T20I series against Windies and performed strongly with the bat as he finished as the second most run-scorer in that series. The right-handed batsman scored 62, 11 and 91 runs in that T20I series. While Dhawan will continue to miss the ODI series too, Rahul is likely to continue the opening batting role.
Virat Kohli (C)
The no.1-ranked ODI batsman Virat Kohli is in the excellent form as he was the Player of the Series award winner in the recently concluded home T20I series after finishing as the leading run-scorer. Kohli scored 94*, 19 and 70* respectively in that series. In his last two ODIs, both against the home team Windies, Kohli smashed centuries.
Though Shreyas Iyer failed to shine in the very limited opportunities in the recently concluded home T20I series against Windies, he is currently in a great form. During the last ODI series against the home team Windies, Iyer scored 71 and 65 runs respectively. While the team management is struggling for a long time to find out the proper batsman for the no.4 batting position in ODIs, he can be a good option.
Rishabh Pant (wk)
The young wicketkeeper-batsman is continuously facing criticism for his regular poor form. While pressure is rising on him with the time progress, he still hasn’t found a way to move away from this situation. This ODI series is going to be very important for Rishabh Pant as it may be his last chance before getting out from the limited-overs’ playing XIs.
As Kedar Jadhav now plays for India only in ODI format, he wasn’t in action in international cricket since last August. In this format, he plays an essential role for India as a middle-order batsman and a part-time off-spinner, who can be utilised to break a solid partnership.
The 26-year-old all-rounder Shivam Dube just made his T20I debut but hasn’t played in the other international formats yet. While he has got very limited opportunities in his first six T20Is, Dube has mostly utilised these opportunities very well in both duties, as a left-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pacer. In the recently concluded home T20I series against Windies, Dube scored an impressive half-century (54) in the Thiruvananthapuram T20I when the hosts were struggling.
In recent times, the right-arm pacer Deepak Chahar has shown mostly consistent performances in T20 formats. Now, he has to show his calibre in ODI format. The right-arm pacer has played only one ODI, and that was against Afghanistan at Dubai (DSC) on 25th September 2018 (Super Four stage of Asia Cup 2018).
The 29-year-old pacer Mohammed Shami is currently in a great form with the ball in hand as he is very consistent with the ball in every format. In the absence of right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah, Shami is playing a vital role in the national team.
The left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav impressed everyone with his performances in the early international career. However, recently, he has faced exclusion from the limited-overs squads due to his off-form. But the team management still has great faith in this youngster.
The leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has performed well in recent T20Is. He has troubled the opposition batsmen with his improving bowling skills.
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