West Indies vs India:- SWOT analysis of the Indian squad for T20I series
After the heartbreaking exit from the World Cup 2019 in the semi-finals against the Blackcaps, Team India's next assignment is a tour of the West Indies. The complete tour, which will commence on August 3, consists of three T-20 Internationals, three ODIs and two Test matches.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the 15-member squad for T20Is — Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
The 'Men in Blue' will play the first two Twenty-20 matches in the United States of America and the last one in Guyana. India has locked horns with the 'Men in Maroon' eleven times in which both the sides have tasted victory in five games each and one match was abandoned due to rain.
The first World T20 champions have a comparatively poor record against West Indies outside their home with only two victories in seven games (one coming in Dhaka). Here's a SWOT analysis of the visitors ahead of the T20s.
The strength of the Indian team is, as usual, the batting department. Shikhar Dhawan, who is back after an injury, is expected to return to the opening slot with Rohit Sharma. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, who are known for their exploits in the shortest format of the game, will be huge assets. The skipper Virat Kohli, who has missed many T20Is of late, will look to get runs under his belt in this format before T20 World Cup in 2020.
The deck used at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground of USA generally assists the spinners. The spin attack comprising Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar is also one of the strengths of India.
The senior Pandya brother has been pretty good in his short international career so far. Rahul Chahar, who was very impressive for Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League 2019, can cause some serious damage to the current World T20 champions with his deadly variations.