India won the ODI series 3-0, but we doubt that even one of those performances would have satisfied the Indian team. The West Indian players are well-known for their exploits in the T20 format, and they enter this series after a thrilling 3-2 win over England. Yes, the conditions will be unfamiliar to them, but there is no doubt that they will be competitive as well.
The game between the two teams will take place on February 16th, 2022 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Match Details to Note
Match: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I Match, West Indies Tour of India, 2022
Date: February 16, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
India vs West Indies Team Previews
India had a disastrous T20 World Cup campaign in Dubai and now needs to get things back on track before the next T20 World Cup in a few months. Rohit Sharma has demonstrated impressive tactical control, and we believe he will begin putting things in order for the next tournament after this match.
India’s batting lineup has been a major source of concern, and we believe there are a number of holes that need to be filled. Rohit Sharma will bat first, but his partner could be Ishan Kishan or Ruturaj Gaikwad. We believe Kishan will be selected because he is a left-handed pitcher.
Virat Kohli cannot buy a run these days, and while his talent is undeniable, his form is simply too poor to risk. India must now decide whether to bat at four with Suryakumar Yadav or Shreyas Iyer.
Rishab Pant and Venkatesh Iyer could be ranked five and six, respectively. We believe that if Venkatesh Iyer is not going to bowl, the number six is a little too high for him. Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer may be better suited to the team if they are both present.
India’s batting lineup is in flux and has a long tail. Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur add depth, but you don’t want to rely on them too much.
To begin, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, and Yuzvendra Chahal should form the rest of the bowling lineup. The Kolkata pitch has some pace, and Mohammad Siraj could be a good bowler in this match.
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Avesh Khan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravi Bishnoi
Predicted XI: Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav/Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
The West Indies would be devastated to have lost the ODI series 3-0. They bowled well in every game but just couldn’t get going with the bat. Their batsmen may be able to play better now that the format has changed.
West Indies has the advantage in terms of power and depth. Where it has fallen short is against spinners and the swinging new ball.
According to reports, Kieron Pollard will be available for this match, which is a huge plus. In the middle order, he and Nicholas Pooran could be crucial in opposing Yuvendra Chahal. Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, and Romario Shepherd will also bat for the West Indians.
We also understand how dangerous Odean Smith can be. We think the West Indian batting lineup is stronger than India’s.
The bowling attack differs from what we saw in the One-Day Internationals. For starters, we believe Romario Shepherd should be given a chance. He’s quite nimble and can play an important role in the death overs. Jason Holder, Akeal Hossain, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, and possibly Kieron Pollard will back him up. This is a better lineup than most people believe.
West Indies Squad
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Hayden Walsh
Predicted XI: Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell/Dominic Drakes.
India vs West Indies Toss Prediction
So far, the team batting second has won 5 of the 8 T20Is played at Eden Gardens. Chasing is always preferred in this situation. The team that wins the toss should take the field first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The T20I series will be held at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. More than 90,000 spectators can be accommodated at India’s oldest stadium. Rohit Sharma scored the highest ODI score of 264 runs at Eden Gardens. The stadium has hosted 42 Tests, 30 ODIs, and 8 Twenty20 Internationals.
The sky will be clear, with temperatures ranging from 28°C to 16°C. The wind will be blowing at 10-15 km/h from the west. The pitch is batting-friendly at first, then shifts to help spinners as the game progresses.
India vs West Indies Match Prediction
Six T20I victories in a row and a four-series winning streak at home make the Indian team appear to be stronger than their opponents. Rohit Sharma’s favourite place to score is Eden Gardens. Furthermore, the home team is riding high after thrashing the West Indies in the ODI series.
India is the favourite to beat West Indies.
- In the one-day internationals, India defeated the visitors 3-0.
- After losing the first two games of the ICC World T20, India is on a six-match winning streak.
- India has defeated the West Indies on eight occasions in the last ten matches.