India vs West Indies 1st ODI 2018 | Highlights

India vs West Indies 1st ODI Highlights

India vs West Indies 1st ODI Highlights

India vs West Indies 1st ODI Highlights So, Kuldeep Yadav misses out in the playing 11. Jadeja, with his batting prowess provides the better balance to the team whereas Kuldeep has been a sheer match-winner for Kohli’s team in the last year or so. Even when Pandya, Bumrah and Bhuvi come back, team management is likely to pick only one between Jadeja and Kuldeep. Something important from the ground, the Prince of Bengal, Sourav Ganguly is present at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium.

srikanthpallai says: Who is this Chandrapaul? Son of legendary Shivnarine Chanderpaul? “No, he is Tagenarine, this is Hemraj, although both hail from Guyana”

The last time WI won an ODI series:
overall: vs Ban in WI, 2014 (16 series ago)
away: vs Ban in Ban, 2011/12
against a higher ranked opponent: vs NZ in WI, 2012


Windies (Playing XI): Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder(c), Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal

Jason Holder: I won’t mind batting first on this pitch. We have two debutants in the team today. We are a young side and this is an opportunity for the youngsters to make their mark. Hemraj will open the batting and Oshane Thomas comes in fast bowling department.

Virat Kohli: Surface looks good. There is bit of grass, I won’t say it is green grass but it is present to bind the surface. I don’t see this pitch changing and there will be dew in the second half, so we will bowl first. Our batting order is pretty much settled as Rayudu has taken number four spot. We don’t need to ponder much. We just need to give more games to the whole group before the World Cup. Rishabh Pant makes his debut. We have three seamers along with Chahal, the wrist spinner and Jadeja to give us balance. The rest of our batting remains the same.

India have won the toss and have opted to field

Oshane Thomas and Chandrapaul Hemraj will make their debuts for Windies. Toss in less than a minute. Stay tuned.

Pitch Report by Ian Bishop and SunnyG: Lot of brown grass on the pitch. There are cracks on the pitch so it is likely to turn. It is hard underneath and teams would like to bat first as cracks will open up in the second innings.

“It is not as humid in Guwahati today as it has been the last couple of days,” informs our correspondent Kritika Naidu from the ground. Team India is in a huddle and MS Dhoni hands the debut cap to Rishabh Pant. Whatta moment for the young Delhi guy. WI are likely to have two debutants also.

To be fair to Virat, none of the tried options have delivered but the team management has been extremely miser in providing opportunities. Well, we provide you with the chance to become the selector. Let us know your pick for the number four spot. Go-to ‘Have Your Say’ option on the website or tweet me @taurausvarun to share your opinion. This is Varun Dixit welcoming you to our coverage of the first ODI of the series.

For India, this series is all about finding the right combination for the World Cup as winning is almost taken for granted. The spinning wheel for the number four spot seems to have stopped on Ambati Rayudu. Virat is backing him to play at that spot in the World Cup. But trust me, to not trust Virat as his number-4 choice has literally changed with the Indian season. In the winters, in South Africa it was Ajinkya Rahane. The choice fluctuated between KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik in the English summer. And Rayudu seems to be the go to man in autumn.

Fast forward to October 2018 and India are bossing this sport on-the-field and off-the-field whereas, Windies cricket is in absolute mess. For them, qualifying for the 2019 World Cup was as big a task as winning it during the 1970’s.

12.30 local time: It is staggering that how a certain country ends up loving an appropriate sport, like a lock waiting for the right key. In India it seems, cricket and only cricket is sophisticated enough to fill Indians’ need for self-expression. But the popularity of this sport in this country wasn’t the same during 1980’s. One day at Lord’s changed it all. 25th June, 1983 changed it all. The opposition was, then World Champions, West Indies.

Preview by Kritika Naidu

As the boisterous festivities of the Durga Puja came to an end in Guwahati, preparations at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, that is set to host its maiden One-Day International, carried on in full swing.

India will take on the Windies on Sunday (October 21), bringing back one-day cricket to the city that had last witnessed a 50-over game back in 2010, which was then played at the Nehru Stadium.

The Barsapara Cricket Stadium had made its international debut last year when India took on Australia in a T20I that the visitors won by eight wickets. Since then, it has only hosted a couple of Ranji games at best, which enhances the significance of hosting an ODI, to a city that hasn’t seen too much of cricket being played. Which also explains the frenzy outside and around the cricket stadium when the teams are in there, training.

Both teams trained two days prior to the match, with ample time in the nets. On pre-match day, though, after a regular session in the nets, Virat Kohli was seen working with coach Ravi Shastri with someone chucking fast offbreaks at him, perhaps, given Ashley Nurse’s potential inclusion in the XI. While the Indians had little to worry about given that they are pretty settled and comfortable with their side of things, the Windies batsmen spent time only in the nets without too many drills in the field.

None of the members of the current Windies squad has ever played in Guwahati. But for one of them, the occasion is accompanied by a crumb of history. Marlon Samuels, who is the most experienced player in the current line-up, will be playing his 200th one-dayer.

It was last in 2002 that the then West Indies had won an ODI series in India. Since then, they have lost all four series in India. It is a good time to start the revival of something new for them, but missing their regular personnel, it would be a tough ask. However, it also, like skipper Jason Holder reiterated a number of times ahead of the game, is an opportunity for the youngsters to step up and validate their spots in the side.

For India, it’s just part of the drill of ensuring all bases are covered with 18 games to go ahead of the World Cup.

When: India vs Windies, 1st ODI, October 21, 13:30 local time

Where: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati

What to expect: Overcast conditions will assist the seamers. There’s quite a bit of chill in the air which will aid the pacemen. Dew factor will come into play.

Team News:

India: India named their 12 for the opening ODI a day ahead of the clash. Ambati Rayudu got the nod ahead of KL Rahul and Manish Pandey, while Rishabh Pant is in line to make his ODI debut, with MS Dhoni keeping wickets. Khaleel should be in the playing XI, with Kohli making his desire for ‘variety ‘clear and having all bases covered ahead of the World Cup.

Windies: Evin Lewis withdrawing from the tour will be a massive blow to the Windies, given his success in India in the IPL. Kieran Powell will be a sure-starter as a result, with a number of new faces like Obed McCoy and Oshane Thomas who could get debuts.

Stats and Trivia

– India have won the last seven bilateral series against Windies starting since Jan 2007. The last time Windies won a series in India was way back in 2002.
– Virat Kohli needs 42 more runs to complete 2000 runs in international cricket in 2018. He achieved the same feat in 2016 and 2017.
– Marlon Samuels will become the eighth WI player to feature in 200 ODIs.

What they said:

Virat Kohli: “The bowlers are bowling well, the batsmen are batting well, the lower order hasn’t got much batting because Shikhar, Rohit and myself have made a lot of runs. But having those experienced guys in the middle order will definitely help us and we feel quite settled as a batting unit.”

Jason Holder: “We’ve got a really good bunch here. It’s a young side, a lot of unfamiliar faces. And we’d like to think of it as an opportunity for the unfamiliar faces. It’s an opportunity for them to showcase what they’ve got. It won’t be easy obviously with India playing some really good cricket. We’ve got some youngsters here who we want to see and hopefully, they can express themselves and make us proud.”


Windies (From): Sunil Ambris, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder(c), Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy, Oshane Thomas, Chandrapaul Hemraj

India (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed

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