Following their triumphant victory in the World Test Championship 2023 Final, Team India is set to embark on an exhilarating all-format tour of the West Indies. The tour will comprise 2 Tests, 3 ODIs, and 5 T20I matches, taking place across various venues in the West Indies and the United States.
With the series commencing on July 12th, 2023, and culminating on August 13th, fans are eagerly anticipating the clash between these cricketing powerhouses. In this article, we will delve into the detailed schedule, squads, and the underlying excitement surrounding the highly anticipated India vs West Indies 2023 series.
India Tour of West Indies 2023 Complete Schedule
|1st Test, West Indies vs India||Wed, 12th July||7:30 PM||Dominica|
|2nd Test, West Indies vs India||Thu, 20th July||7:30 PM||Trinidad|
|1st ODI, West Indies vs India||Thu, 27th July||7:00 PM||Barbados|
|2nd ODI, West Indies vs India||Sat, 29th July||7:00 PM||Barbados|
|3rd ODI, West Indies vs India||Tue, 1st Aug||7:00 PM||Tauroba|
|1st T20, West Indies vs India||Thu, 3rd Aug||8:00 PM||Tauroba|
|2nd T20, West Indies vs India||Sun, 6th Aug||8:00 PM||Guyana|
|3rd T20, West Indies vs India||Tue, 8th Aug||8:00 PM||Guyana|
|4th T20, West Indies vs India||Sat, 12th Aug||8:00 PM||Lauderhill|
|5th T20, West Indies vs India||Sun, 13th Aug||8:00 PM||Lauderhill|
The tour commences with two enthralling Test matches, both of which hold significant importance in the context of the World Test Championship cycle. The first Test will take place from July 12th to 16th at Windsor Park in Dominica, followed by the historic 100th Test between India and West Indies at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad from July 20th to 24th. The matches will commence at 7:30 PM IST, setting the stage for intense battles between bat and ball.
Following the Tests, the focus shifts to the limited-overs format with three One Day Internationals (ODIs) lined up. The first two ODIs will be held at the iconic Kensington Oval in Barbados on July 27th and 29th, while the final ODI will be hosted at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad on August 1st. The ODI matches are scheduled to start at 7:00 PM IST, adding to the thrill of evening encounters.
The tour culminates with a series of five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), promising exciting displays of power-hitting and nail-biting finishes. The T20I series commences on August 3rd in Trinidad before moving to Guyana for the subsequent matches on August 6th and 8th. To add a unique twist, both teams will then travel to Florida, USA, for the final two T20Is on August 12th and 13th at Lauderhill.
The T20I matches will commence at 8:00 PM IST, ensuring fans from different time zones can witness the thrilling encounters.
The Test squad for the West Indies tour features some interesting selections and omissions. Led by the explosive Rohit Sharma, the team boasts a strong batting lineup including the likes of Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and the exciting newcomers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad. In the absence of the experienced Cheteshwar Pujara, this presents an opportunity for the young talents to shine. The bowling attack comprises the formidable Mohammed Siraj, the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, and promising pacers such as Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini.
Rohit Sharma will continue to lead the Indian side in the ODI series, accompanied by vice-captain Hardik Pandya. The ODI squad includes the explosive Sanju Samson and Ruturaj Gaikwad, alongside the seasoned Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill. The team's bowling arsenal features the dynamic duo of Jadeja and Axar Patel, complemented by the wrist-spinning prowess of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The inclusion of uncapped talent Mukesh Kumar adds an element of surprise and excitement.
The T20I squad for the West Indies tour presents a fresh look, with Hardik Pandya taking the reins as captain and Suryakumar Yadav as vice-captain. Notable exclusions from this squad include Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, and Mohammed Siraj, offering an opportunity for young talents to showcase their skills. The squad includes rising stars such as Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Sanju Samson, and the pacer Mukesh Kumar. With a blend of experience and youthful exuberance, this team aims to make a statement in the shortest format of the game.
The West Indies team, led by Kraigg Brathwaite, is ready to face the Indian challenge. The squad includes promising youngsters Alick Athanaze and Kirk McKenzie, who will be eager to prove their mettle. The bowling attack will be spearheaded by the likes of Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, and the experienced all-rounder Jason Holder. With the inclusion of Rahkeem Cornwall and Jomel Warrican in the spin department, the West Indies will be looking to put up a strong fight against the visiting Indian team.
For fans eagerly waiting to catch the live action, DD Sports will provide television coverage of the India vs West Indies 2023 series. Additionally, live streaming of the matches will be available on Jio Cinema and Fan Code, ensuring fans can enjoy the matches from the comfort of their homes or on the go.
The India Tour of West Indies 2023 promises an exhilarating display of cricketing prowess across all formats. With a schedule packed full of Tests, ODIs, and T20Is, fans can expect high-intensity clashes and memorable performances. As the players take the field, the squads are prepared to battle it out, leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of victory. So mark your calendars and get ready to witness an unforgettable cricketing extravaganza between two formidable teams. Let the games begin!