While the formats will change, Virat Kohli and Co. will be keen to maintain their winning run against West Indies. @AFP

Having won the three-match T20I series across Florida and Guyana, India will now play their first ODI since the defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semifinal when they take on West Indies in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Thursday.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami, who were rested for the T20I series, will return to the Indian squad. The three will join the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini as India have plenty to choose from in the bowling department.

Coming to India’s batting, Shikhar Dhawan, whose World Cup campaign was cut short by a thumb injury and who featured in the three-match T20I series, will also be in the mix and it means, KL Rahul is likely to be moved back to the number four slot.

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Kedar Jadhav, who was retained the ODI scheme of the things despite an inconsistent run in the World Cup, and Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey, who were recalled to the Indian limited-overs squad, will fight for two slots in the middle-order. While skipper Virat Kohli has made it clear that 2023 World Cup is still far ahead, Iyer and Pandey will be keen to make the most of the opportunities as India look to solve the middle-order riddle.

For the hosts, Chris Gayle, having made a retirement u-turn at the World Cup, will be playing his final bilateral ODI series. The left-hander, who did not feature in the T20I series, will be keen to set the ball rolling in his final ODI series.

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West Indies have recalled Keemo Paul, John Campbell and allrounder Roston Chase to the ODI squad and the trio will be eager to make the opportunities count as the Jason Holder-led side look to bounce back after a disappointing World Cup campaign.

What: India vs West Indies, 1st ODI

When: Saturday, August 8, 2019

Time: 7.00 PM (IST)

Venue: Providence Stadium, Guyana

Weather: A high of 30 degree with showers expected in the morning.

Team news


With Shami’s return, India may rest Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who played all the three T20Is, and continue to groom either/both of Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini. Rishabh Pant, who ended the T20I series on a high, will don the gloves as the selectors have made it clear that he will be given a longer rope in the absence of MS Dhoni.

Probable XI: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli (captain), 4 KL Rahul, 5 Manish Pandey, 6. Shreyas Iyer, 7 Rishabh Pant (wk), 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Navdeep Saini

West Indies

Chris Gayle will return to the top of the batting order and Shai Hope will bat at number three with either of Evin Lewis or John Campbell opening the batting alongside Gayle. While Holder will also be back to lead the ODI series, Chase’s inclusion will add solidity to the middle-order and give West Indies a quality spin-bowling option.

Probable XI: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Shai Hope (wicketkeeper), 4 Nicholas Pooran, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Jason Holder (captain), 8 Carlos Brathwaite, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Oshane Thomas

Stats and trivia

– Kuldeep Yadav (93) is seven wickets away from completing 100 wickets in ODIs for India.

– Chris Gayle (298) will become the most capped player for West Indies if he plays the first ODI against India.

– Gayle (10393) needs 13 runs more to go past Brian Lara (10405) and becomes West Indies’ leading run-getter in ODIs.


“We want to be as professional as possible in the ODIs and Tests. We want results, to win games of cricket. The West Indies ODI team is even stronger, so it will be hard work, but we will try to have fun as a team for a month.” – Virat Kohli