Team India will travel to the Caribbean for the limited-overs tour against the West Indies. The Men in Blue are due to play three One-Day Internationals and five T20I matches in order to prepare for the T20 World Cup Down Under in the October-November period.
India are currently engaged in a three-match ODI affair with England in their own backyard. At this stage, the series is tied at 1-1 with the final match scheduled to play on Sunday (July 17) at Old Trafford in Manchester.
On the other hand, West Indies defeated Bangladesh 2-0 in the T20I series but suffered a 3-0 whitewash by the Tigers at home.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have named a second-string squad for the three ODIs. Senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant have been rested for the ODI leg of the Caribbean tour.
Shikhar Dhawan will lead India in the ODI series with Ravindra Jadeja named his deputy in the 16-member squad. Rohit will return to lead the T20I side with Hardik and Pant to join him in the shortest format in the Caribbean.
The first T20I will be played at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad on July 29 before both teams move to St Kitt’s to play the second and third matches on August 1 and 2 respectively. The last two T20I games will be played in Florida, United States of America.
IND vs WI: India’s Playing XI For The First T20I (Predicted)
Let’s look at India’s predicted playing XI in the first T20I against West Indies.
1. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma has been out of form in the shortest format recently, amassing just 66 runs in three innings against England. He has scored 182 runs this year in nine T20Is with the best score being 44, neither in IPL did he manage to score the 50-plus mark.
The five T20Is against West Indies will serve as the greatest opportunity for the Indian skipper to find his mojo ahead of the Asia Cup 2022.