India vs West Indies 1st ODI Highlights
India vs West Indies 1st ODI Highlights
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.
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.”