West Indies have played good competitive cricket despite the absence of Sunil Narine and Chris Gayle © IANS
West Indies have played good competitive cricket despite the absence of Sunil Narine and Chris Gayle © IANS

India and West Indies are all set to play the fourth One-day International (ODI) of the ongoing five match ODI series in the lap of Himalayas. in the context of the series, which is tied at 1-1 at this moment, this game will be utmost important encounter for both the teams. Sandipan Banerjee finds out the likely XI of the visitors. 

1. Dwayne Smith: In the current series, Dwayne Smith is making a comeback in the West Indies ODI team because of his heroics in last Caribbean Premier League. Though in Champion’s League T20 (CLT20), his performance dipped a bit. But in last ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla, Smith again looked good. Unfortunately he missed his hundred but he would like to hold his good form in the fourth match as well.

2. Darren Bravo: In the absence of a regular opener Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo is playing the role of a makeshift opener in this series. His last two matches were not very good. The elegant left hander got starts in both games but threw away his wicket. So he would be eager to play a big innings in Dharamsla.

3. Marlon Samuels: Marlon Samuels started the tour with a brilliant hundred at Kochi, but looked out of sorts at Delhi, when he was sent at number four. Against India Samuels has a good record, so West Indies would look towards him to fire for his team in this crucial game.

4. Dwayne Bravo (c): The West Indies captain, Dwayne Bravo, has had an average series so far. As the leader and the top all-rounder of the team, Bravo needs be more consistent. His leadership qualities will be tested in the last two games. Specially in the conditions of Dharamsala, where Bravo had played earlier (In Indian Premier League) his role will be more crucial.

5. Denesh Ramdin (wk): In last couple of years West Indies wicket Keeper Denes Ramdin has emerged as the top ODI batsman for West Indies. Among all the Caribbean batsman only he has the average of more 40 in the 50 over’s format. So he would like to carry his good show over here also.

6. Kieron Pollard: We all know what Kieron Pollard can do in limited over’s cricket. But in West Indies colours he needs improve his performance. He is a big match players and he would help his team to win the series against India in India, he reputation will be doubled.

7. Andre Russell:  After having a good CPL and CLT20 lot was expected from this impressive West Indian all-rounder. But so far in the series, Andre Russell failed to live up to his expectations. In conditions like Dharamsala, where ball will do a bit, he can be a handy bowler.

8. Darren Sammy: The former captain Darren Sammy need a better performance to keep his place in the team. Though he has bowled well in the series, but with bat also he need to fire. Otherwise he would miss out on his World Cup seletcion.

9. Ravi Rampaul: As the prime bowler of the team, Ravi Rampaul has done a decent job so far. But if West Indies wants to beat a team like India in India, than, he has to take more responsibilities. The Trinidad bowler’s death bowling will be crucial for the Windies.

10. Jerome Taylor: Jerome Taylor is making a comeback in the West Indies set up with this series. He bowled with lots of aggression and got the results also.

11. Suleman Benn: Taking the spot of a bowler like Sunil Narine is not easy, but Suleman Benn has performed decently in the first two games. Specially in Delhi, he was bowling really well against batsman like Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni. Bravo would expect the same from his prime spinner at Dharamsala as well.

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(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting, and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)