India vs West Indies, 1st T20I at Lauderhill, Florida: Likely XI comparison

After winning the four Test series by 2-0 against West Indies in their own den, the Indian team will look to emerge victorious in the Twenty20 series as well. India will take on West Indies in couple of Tweny20 International (T20I) games in Florida. Both the games will be played at Lauderhill, Florida in United States of America (USA). ALSO READ: Carlos Brathwaite named West Indies T20I captain; Twitter reacts

This will be India’s first international game in USA, while West Indies have played two matches at this venue and won both. Last time, when both these teams met was the semi-final match of ICC World T20 (WT20) 2016, which was won by West Indies. ALSO READ: Previous T20I encounters at Lauderhill, Florida

It’s been almost five months since that thrilling encounter and there have been few changes both the sides. The surprising move came from West Indies side when they sacked Darren Sammy as T20I captain who led the side to couple of WT20 titles.

For India, players like Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and Hardik Pandya have been dropped from the side as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and KL Rahul have been given an opportunity to make a comeback. ALSO READ: The baton may have passed but friendship remains intact

West Indies Cricket Board has appointed Carlos Brathwaite as their new captain in T20Is who became famous after hitting four back to back sixes in the final over of WT20 2016 final against England to Ben Stokes. On the other hand, Indian side will be led by MS Dhoni again with Virat Kohli as the deputy, who was unstoppable in WT20 2016.

Despite few changes in the Indian side, it looks well-balanced with impactful batsmen as well as bowlers. There are not many changes in the West Indies side and the good news is that two of their established players are making a comeback. Kieron Pollard, who pulled out from WT20 2016 due to injury is back along with mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who pulled out due to suspect action.

On paper, West Indies team looks way stronger side as compared to the current Indian T20 side. The Caribbean side is full of all rounders and all of them has the ability to change the on their own. They have total of four specialist all rounders in the team — Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite. Also, India have only five specialist batsman in their batsman and this means that no batsman will be dropped as all will be playing.

Looking at the overall record between these two teams, West Indies have upper hand with three wins from five matches and they have good record at Lauderhill as well. Despite all these advantages, any T20I clash between these two sides is always exciting and ahead of the first T20I, we look at the likely XI and the player comparisons with some stats.

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(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhik2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)