The West Indies came into this tournament with a lot of expectations. There were many people that were calling the West Indies dark horses but things have not panned out that well.
A brilliant win against Pakistan is all that the West Indies have to show right now. One win from six matches is a fair reflection of the kind of cricket they have played.
Now, the West Indies are going to be facing up against India at Manchester, another tough task.
India is still unbeaten in the ICC World Cup 2019 although they came very close to losing to Afghanistan.
That match would have been a wake-up call for the Indian team who are serious title contenders. The absence of Shikhar Dhawan from the playing eleven has left a big gap and there are some other weaknesses that can be exploited as well.
India bowled outstandingly well in last game led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. They will have to continue the same while the spinners will aim to play to their potential. Virat Kohli & Co are unlikely to change their winning combinations and play the same XI against West Indies at Manchester.
Lokesh Rahul taking some time to settle in the crease. But he is consistent and likes to play a long inning. Rohit Sharma scored 320 runs in four matches with 80 average. He will be the biggest threat for West Indies bowlers.
India may Rotate Dinesh Karthik or Ravindra Jadeja in place of Vijay Shankar. To strengthen the batting unit.
MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are the most valuable picks.
If top order loses wickets earlier then Kedar Jadhav will come into the action.
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are consistent wickets taker.
Indian Spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will lead the spin attack of the team. Chahal has been in his best this season. Chahal took 2 wickets in last game.
West Indies Team News:
Andre Russell has been ruled out of the World Cup 2019. Sunil Ambris named as his replacement. Evin Lewis also had some injury concern in the last match. So, he may be replaced by Sunil Ambris.
Finally, we have seen some thunder shots from the Universal Boss. Chris Gayle may look to continue the same in today match also. But Indian bowlers will try to dismiss him in the first five overs.
Shai Hope dismissed for one run in the last match. But he is the most trustable pick from West Indies team.
Nicholas Pooran will try to hit some quick fire shots. He will manage to get 30 to 40 runs easily. Shimron Hetmyer scored a brilliant half-century in the last match. He also looked in good shape.
Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite will play a key role with both the bat as well as the bowl.
Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas can manage to get some wickets.
The Number’s Game-
IND ( at Manchester)
Played : 9
Won : 4
Lost : 5
WI ( at Manchester)
Played : 7
Won : 2
Lost : 5
Head to Head in World Cup –
Matches Played : 8
India Won : 5
WI Won : 3
Highest Total : 336/6 Ind vs Pak (2006)
Lowest Total : 45 Can vs Eng (1979)
Average Score : 217
Total Matches : 48
Won Batting 1st : 21
Won Bowling 1st : 27
Head to Head (in ODI) :Overall :
Matches Played : 126
India Won : 59
WI Won : 62
NR/Tie : 3/2
In last 5 games :
India Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Md Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
West Indies Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis/S Ambris, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell
Wicket Keeper –
Shai Hope ( In great form140* against India in last game he played)
Nicolas Pooran( Attacks from the very 1st ball, In red hot form)
MSD ( Backbone of India)
Virat Kohli ( Best Batsman in the world 82, 77, 67 in last 3 games)
Rohit Sharma ( Looking unstoppable this WC, Scored 122, 57, 140 in last 3 of 4 games)
Chris Gayle (Universal boss, scored nearly 450 runs in recent England series)
Shemron Hetmyer (Hard hitting talent, Can change course of match on his own, 54 last game)
Evin Lewis ( Very attacking batsman, Risky )
KL Rahul( Talented batsman, 57 against Pakistan )
Vijay Shankar( Very good technically strong bat + handy bowler, Will play at 4)
Hardik Pandya ( very good hitter of the ball, very attacking batsman + decent pacer, Promoted in last 2 games, 2 wickets in last game)
Jason Holder( Swing bowler + decent batsman)
Carlos Brathwaite ( Very attacking batsman, 101 + 2 wicket last game)
Jasprit Bumrah ( Best bowler in the world, Death specialist, 2 wickets in last game )
Y Chahal ( In best form of his life, his bowling strike rate this year is 24, 8 wickets this WC)
Kuldeep (Chinaman bowler, 25 wicket this year )
Oshane Thomas( Bowls with very good pace and bounce, 1 wicket in last game, Currently best Windies bowler )
Sheldon Cottrell ( Left arm fast, Bowls very good bouncers with good pace, 5
9 wickets in last 5 games, 4-Fer in last game)
Ashley Nurse ( Good off Spinner + attacking batsman)