With three-match series against West Indies, the young Indian team has begun their preparation for upcoming ICC World Cup T20. This series has allowed Indian selectors to test new talents like Navdeep Saini, Rahul Chahar, Washington Sundar and Krunal Pandiya on the field.
In the first T20 game held on 3rd of August, West Indies lost everything from toss to losing the match. As both the openers, John Campbell and Evin Lewis bowed out for Duck, in no time Shimron Hetmyer joined them for Duck. Other than Kiren Pollard (49) and Nicholas Pooran (20) every other player returned to pavilion with single-digit runs. When the West Indies fans expected the long-lasting Kiren Pollard would carry the team score to 3 digits, the wind blew strong on the Indian side as Pollard got LBW from Navdeep Saini’s spell in the 20th over after two dot balls.
Navdeep Saini has done exceptional bowling for India by picking 3 wickets including 2 crucial wickets in his first over itself. Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked 2 wickets and every other bowler bagged 1 wicket each.
Though the Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan gone for 1, Rohit Sharma blasted some big shots until when a spinning spell came from Sunil Narine to stop him. Surprisingly Rishabh Pant was also trapped in the spinning spell of Narine in the very next ball. At the end of the first T20 match, India’s head was tall with spectacular bowlers in hand. Though India won the first match, India’s batting was not up to the mark.
With the loss of Power Hitter Andre Russell from the squad due to a knee injury, West Indies resembled like a gem missing from the crown.
Return of Kieron Pollard and Narine has contributed much for the team in the first T20 game and adds much strength in the second game too. Though West Indies bowling was amazing in the first game, they have to concentrate more on their poor batting side.
With overall analysis from the first game, India is far stronger than West Indies in terms of both battings as well as bowling. With the same poor batting squad, it will be hard for West Indies to overcome India in the second T20 game. Hoping to make some improvement in India’s batting side, India’s head will once again stand tall after the second T20 game.