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India vs West Indies: Kohli & Boys Gear Up For Series Opener

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 23, 2017, 6:42 PM IST
India vs West Indies: Kohli & Boys Gear Up For Series Opener

Jason Holder (L) and Virat Kohli (R) pose for shutterbugs. (Courtesy: BCCI/Twitter)

Port-of-Spain: Team India is all set to shrug off the disappointment of losing the Champions Trophy final and begin afresh as they gear up to take on West Indies in the first of the five-match ODI series.

Virat Kohli and his team sweat it out in the middle at the Queen's Park Oval ahead of the opening fixture. Kohli had said in the pre-match press conference on Thursday that the team will look to do the basics and play their 'boring' brand of cricket in order to maintain consistency.

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The likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan were seen practicing in the nets ahead of the match. Rahane will look to make the most of this opportunity as regular opener Rohit Sharma has been rested for the tour. Kohli made it clear that it will be Rahane who will open in all the five matches along side Shikhar Dhawan.

West Indies dropped to a new low in their cricketing history recently as they failed to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy after being pushed out of the Top 8 of the ICC ODI rankings. They were also stretched by minnows Afghanistan recently and barely managed to draw the three-match series 1-1.

India are expected to whitewash the Windies, who have a cumulative squad experience of 213 matches between the 13 players. Skipper Jason Holder is the highest capped player in the side, having played 58 matches.

West Indies have once again fielded a young side due to the ongoing rift with senior players.

India have also included youngsters like Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav, who will look to showcase their talent at the highest stage and try and make a case for permanent inclusion in the limited overs squad.


West Indies Playing XI: Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope (wk), Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (c), Ashley Nurse, Miguel Cummins, Alzarri Joseph

India Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav
First Published: June 23, 2017, 11:45 AM IST

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