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After trampling England in the ODI and T20 series, Indias youth team left for the West Indies. India has to play a series of three ODIs and five T20 matches on the tour of West Indies. However, players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Jasprit Bumrah will not be seen in this series. All of them have been rested for this series. In the absence of star players, the command of the team has been given to Gabbar i.e. Shikhar Dhawan. Earlier this year, West Indies also played the same number of matches on the tour of India.
T20 World Cup is to be played this year and in such a situation, the T20 series is more important than ODI series. In the absence of star players, the young stars of the team will get a chance to shine. In the absence of players, new players will get a chance and they would like to leave their mark in this series. Dhawan, playing only in the ODI format, will lead India for the second time in his career as regular skipper Rohit Sharma has been rested for the series. Apart from them, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, and Virat Kohli have also been rested.
West Indies team has faced defeat in ODI series against Bangladesh team. The return of Jason Holder in the team will give a lot of strength to the West Indies team in this series, it is a very good all-rounder. West Indies team will take a lesson from their past mistakes in this series with the intention of performing better. West Indies have lost all their last 5 ODI matches so far. Shai Hope and Kyle Meyers will probably open the innings. Shamarh Brooks will bat at the one-down spot. Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran will take over the batting of the middle order. West Indies will be captained by Nicholas Pooran. he is also a good batsman
India have recently defeated England in ODI and T20 series, although senior players of the team have been rested in this series, which will give a golden opportunity to the young players of the team in this series to prove their talent. Shikhar Dhawan will be seen leading the Indian team in this series. All Indian players and fast bowlers in this series are young and they lack experience. Prasidh Krishna, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammad Siraj may get a chance in this match. At the same time, Chahal is the most experienced in the spin department and helps the spin bowlers on the West Indies grounds. In such a situation, the responsibility of taking wickets will be on Chahal.
On the pitch of Queens Park Oval, the collision of the ball and the bat can be seen equally. Experts are refraining from saying anything as no international match has been played here since 2019. However, the Queens Park Oval pitch has good bounce and as the match progresses, the pitch helps the spin bowlers as well. The average score on this ground is around 270-280. Both teams have strong batsmen, so the score is expected to cross 300. It will be cloudy, due to which it is expected to help the fast bowlers in the beginning. India has won 8 out of the last 9 matches played at this ground.
The weather of Port of Spain is not giving good news to the fans. Here the Indian team could not even practice on the nets for two days. There is a chance of rain here on the day of the match as well. According to the report of AccuWeather, the temperature here is expected to be around 32 degrees. The chance of rain is 70 percent. Fans will hope that there is no rain so that the match can be enjoyed to the fullest. The wind will blow faster here too. It is believed that the wind speed will be slightly more than 30 kilometers per hour. In such a situation, the players will definitely get relief from the humidity.