India is just home after a tour of South Africa. The tour was not very fruitful as India lost the test series by 1-2 and also got whitewashed by South Africa in the ODIs. Now it is time for the West Indies to visit India and play a series of 3 ODIs and 3 T20s. The series will take off on Sunday, the 6th of February. The first ODI will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
KL Rahul will not be playing in the match that would probably give us a chance to see Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma in the first wicket partnership. India faced some tough challenges while playing against South Africa on their home ground. Hopefully, the situation will change against West Indies. In terms of the bowling attack, Deepak Chahar, along with Siraj and Krishna, will take charge of the new ball.
The batting squad of West Indies defines what aggressiveness is in cricket. They have always been on the top when it comes to T20 format, and even in the ODIs, too, they are pretty good hitters. With Pooran and Hope, their opening order has a lot of depth along with Holder's ability to impress with both and ball with help the Indies very much in this series. Even in the lower order, they have a very good hitter in the form of Akeal Hosein.
The day will be sunny with no chances of precipitation. The maximum and minimum temperatures at Ahmedabad will be around 31 and 13 degrees, respectively.
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium provides a good balance between the bat and the ball. The average score here in the first innings is 264 runs. Looking at the batting line-up of both the teams, we can also see a high-scoring match. The new ball can help the bowlers. Spinners can take command in the middle over. After winning the toss, the teams would want to bat first.
Probable Playing XI for India
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda, Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahrukh Khan
Probable Playing XI for West Indies
Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shamarh Brooks, Fabian Allen, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh, Kemar Roach, Romario Shepherd