India who faced debacle after an early exit from world twenty20 is now ready to face the next task on their hand that is to beat West Indies in West Indies. It will be not as easy as it looks for M.S.Dhoni and his men. India have only manage to won a single series (2001-02 under captaincy of S.Ganguly) so far of their last five tours. India will be desperate to avenge their recent defeat against the West Indies in World twenty20 Super Eights in this four match ODI Series.
India who is playing without some of their key players is hopeful of good show in Caribbean. Dhoni is confidant that his team packed with all rounders in Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja besides the likes of star batsmen Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma would do better in West Indies.
India who lost there all Super Eights game would love to start the series with a win to boost their confidence and morale. On the other hand West Indies who manage to reach up to Semi Final of world twenty20 is flying high with confidence and West Indies captain Chris Gayle is confidant that his team will do well against weekend Indian team.
Irrespective of their recent Super Eight match win over India in the Twenty20 World Cup in England, the West Indies apprehend that the Indians will be "a handful in the Caribbean".
In the absence of Tendulkar and Sehwag, India will rely on Gambhir, Yuvraj and Dhoni to do bulk of scoring in batting department while in bowling they will feel good with return of experienced Ashish Nehra in the team. In the absence of Zaheer Khan, he is the most experience bowlers after Harbhajan Singh to lead the pace bowling attacks along with R.P.Singh and Ishant Sharma.
Watch out for
Ashish Nehra: He last played for India in 2005 and who has thought that after long gap he will make comeback to the International side and why not he has done justice to himself by performing exceptionally well in IPL. He was the third-highest wicket-taker with 19 at 18.21 each. It will be interesting to see how he approaches his first game after long break from his International career.
Chris Gayle: He may have failed to lead his team to twnty20 triumph but he has performed exceptionally well with his bat in any format of the game in recent times. He is one of most destructive players at top of the order. His approach to this game is nothing different than twenty20 at top of the order.
Pitch & Condition
Kingston wicket is expected to be on slower side with little bounce on the wicket however early moistures will help a ball little bit to move in the air and it will be good for bowlers like Nehra, R.P.Singh. Any team winning the toss would love to have a bowl first and try to resctrict the opposition below 250 runs.
After a dismal performance in twenty20, India will be eyeing to settle some score against West Indies. With absence of some of their star players like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Raina and Zaheer it will be good opportunity for some of the younger’s player like Badrinath, Abhishek Nayar and comeback man Ashish Nehra. India is likely to go into the match with three pace trio R.P.Singh, Nehra and I.Sharma. Badrinath, Vijay and Nayar is likely to sit out from this game because of their late arrivals.
West Indies team selection for the first ODI’s really raise eyebrows of few peoples by omitting L.Simmons and D.Sammy from the squad. However it is good chance for R.Morton and Darren Bravo to show their class against Indian team.
Likely Playing XI for both Teams (Match is Schedule to begin at India Time)
India Squad: Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (Captain & WK), Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, Ashish Nehra.
West Indies Squad: Chris Gayle (Captain), Runako Morton, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Jerome Taylor, Ravi Rampaul, Suleiman Benn, Lionel Baker.
So far on West Indies tour India have only won one ODI Series that is in 2001/02 Series under the captaincy of Saurav Ganguly.
From 1983-2006 tour, India have played 20 One Day International and won just 5 and lost 15 one day international.
In 2009, India have played 10 ODI’s in which they have won 7 and lost two one day internationals. On the other hand West Indies have played 11 ODI’s and have won just three while lost 7 ODI’s.
Here are the stats of how India performed on previous Tours to West Indies