Amid one-sided results and only flashes of fighting spirit from West Indies, the tour of the Caribbean is perhaps the best platform for Team India to find solutions to their long-standing middle-order problem.
As the Men in Blue prepare for the three-match ODI series – a new beginning after the World Cup semifinal exit – starting in Guyana on Thursday (August 8), the spotlight will be on Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey who are set to make a comeback after a promising show in the India ‘A’ setup.
On the other side, swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle needs just 11 runs to become the leading run-scorer of West Indies in ODIs.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini.
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Roston Chase, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, John Campbell, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach.
1st ODI: Providence Stadium in Guyana (August 8), 01:30 PM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL / 7 PM (IST)
2nd ODI: Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad (August 11), 01:30 PM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL / 7 PM (IST)
3rd ODI: Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad (August 14), 01:30 PM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL / 7 PM (IST)
Broadcast and Live Streaming:
In India, the matches will be telecasted live with an English commentary on Sony Ten 1 & Sony Ten 1 HD. While the Hindi commentary will be available on Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD. The cricket lovers residing in the Caribbean Islands can catch the live action on ESPN as well as on SPN-Sports OTT platform SonyLiv.
The other networks to broadcast the Live feed across the globe are:
Australia: Fox Sports
Singapore: Astro Cricket HD
USA: Willow TV
South Africa: Super Sports 5
Sri Lanka: Sony Ten 1, Sony Liv
England: Sky Sports
Canada: CBN Cricket