India look for another whitewash Vs West Indies as they gear up for the T20s

(Cricket news) After an incredible 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series, India will play 3 T20Is against the West Indies at the Eden Gardens. India have had a few injury issues before the series. Washington Sundar is the latest one to be ruled out of the series after a hamstring injury with Kuldeep Yadav named as replacement. Previously KL Rahul and Axar Patel were replaced by Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Hooda due to their respective injuries. In the absence of Rahul, Rishabh Pant has been named as Rohit Sharma's deputy.

India's Possible Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(wk), Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Bench: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel

While the return of Kul-Cha wasn't possible in the ODIs it is more than likely in the T20Is with both Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar injured. Despite having a good series against New Zealand Venkatesh Iyer and Bhuvneshwar Kumar might have to sit out the game. Virat Kohli returns to the side for the first time since the World Cup. Ishan Kishan takes KL Rahul's place in the side while Ruturaj Gaikwad will have to wait for his opportunity.

West Indies possible playing XI:
Brandon King, Kyle Meyers, Romario Shepherd, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Roman Powell, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Odean Smith, Akeal Hossein, Sheldon Cottrell

Bench: Darren Bravo, Rostom Chase, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Hayden Walsh Jr.

Despite their shortcomings in the one dayers, West Indies have a very good T20I side with a deep batting line-up and as many as 7 bowling options. This is the same side that defeated England 3-2 in the T20I series in January so they come into the matches in good form.

India will definitely start the series as favourites especially after the ODI performances. After not crossing the 50 run mark in an ODI series for the first time since 2017 all eyes will be on Virat Kohli and his bat. India have a lot of seam bowling options and 3 wrist spinners but they have only one finger spinner in the form of Deepak Hooda which could be seen as an area of concern especially when Hooda is unlikely to play. The return of Kul-Cha is surely amazing news for Indian fans who have been waiting a long time to see the pair back together. 

Also read: Prasidh Krishna: India's next fast bowling prodigy with the red ball


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