West Indies have retained all the 15 members of the ODI squad for India series who recently played against Afghanistan. Veteran cricketer Chris Gayle had already decided that he will not take part in the series and in his absence, other openers retained their spot. Gayle is yet to retire from international cricket.
Kieron Pollard, who led the visitors to a 3-0 win over Rashid Khan and and co in ODIs, will look to continue team’s winning run. West Indies haven’t won an ODI series against India for a long time and once again, they will have a tough task against Men in Blue.
After World Cup 2019, India travelled to Caribbean islands for a complete series and won the three-match ODI series 2-0 – the first match was washed out due to rain. In 2018, West Indies had travelled India for a full-fledged tour. The home team won five-match ODI series 3-1 – the second ODI in Vizag was tied.
India, once again, will be favourite to win the series but unlike past two series, West Indies have a new captain who has had a good run in ODIs.
The visitors will hope that their star performers Shai Hope and Roston Chase step up once again. With 229 runs, Hope was their highest run-scorer against Afghanistan and was followed by Roston (145 runs) on the list. The latter also scalped six wickets to end up as the highest wicket-taker.
India announced their ODI squad last week and the team was bolstered by the comeback of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Shikhar Dhawan, who will miss the T20I series, is expected to be fit for ODIs but if he is unfit, then Sanju Samson might replace him in the ODI squad as well. T20 pacer Deepak Chahar was recalled to the ODI squad after more than a year.
The three ODIs take place on December 15, 18 and 22 in Chennai, Vizag and Cuttack, respectively.
Squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr., Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Romario Shepherd