Date: 31st March, 2016
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The day when group of 11 men, whom people called West Indies cricket team, stunned the mighty Indians on their home turf to advance to the finals of ICC World T20.
Five months later, the same two nation will face-off against each other to prove their supremacy in the T20, this time in USA. Indian Cricket Team is riding high on confidence after beating West Indies in Test series whereas home nation will see its big stars returning back and expect them to get all guns blazing.
Here are the five key points of series:
India’s first tour of USA
It will be the first time when Indian team will be visiting USA. The Central Broward stadium at Lauderhill, Florida, the venue for both T20s, have hosted four t20s way back in 2010 and 2012. West Indies have played two of those with 100% win ratio. Also the recently concluded CPL have 6 of their matches hosted at the same arena which gives host nation fair bit of experience. Although there are chances of hurricane rising on the cost of Florida, it’s assured that hurricane will rise in the stadium when teams will lock their horns against each other.
Kohli vs Gayle
Virat Kohli, the man who is in Bradmanesque touch this year will be looking to continue his top form. Kohli averages over 50 in T20 career and is India’s best batsman by far in this format.
Kohli’s RCB teammate is beast himself. Having scored over 400 runs with an average of over 40 and SR in excess of 150 in CPL-16, Gayle is continuing his godly form in T20. Also his records in USA boast of an extraordinary average of 138.
It’ll be interesting to see who among the two T20 greats gets better of each other in USA
Battle for No.1
India is currently ranked second with 128 points. A 2-0 sweep will put them equal with No1. placed New Zealand at 132. In this situation WI will slip down a place to 4th. The reverse result will see Indian team slipping down to No3. with WI replacing them at No2.
A 1-1 result will keep both nations at the same position.
In individual rankings, Virat Kohli will look to extend his lead over Finch at top of the table. Kohli is currently on top with Finch following him. In bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah is India’s highest ranked bowler at 2nd place with Samual Badree at top. R. Ashwin (currently 7th) will also look to enter top 5.
WICB, having sacked Darren Sammy on 30-sec phone call, have appointed young Carlos Brathwaite to captain the world champion side. Famous for his big hitting and short deliveries, Brathwaite came into limelight when he struck 4 consecutive sixes of Ben Stokes in final of World T20, 2016. Although very early in his career having played just 8 T20s and 14 ODIs, Brathwaite have shown that he can be next big thing in T20 cricket. It’s there to be seen whether this gamble by WICB pays off.
Big stars returns for WI
Only 3 WI players are present from the test side which was bundled out by India. Besides Gayle, “Champion” Bravo, Sunil Narine, Samual Badree, Johnson Charles and Lendl Simmons are the players who can turn the match on their own.
On the other side Indian team have replaced just two of their players from winning side with MS Dhoni taking over captains responsibilities from Kohli.
WI Squad: CR Brathwaite(c), S Badree, DJ Bravo, J Charles, ADS Fletcher, CH Gayle, JO Holder, E Lewis, SP Narine, KA Pollard, AD Russell, MN Samuels, LMP Simmons
India Squad: MS Dhoni(c), R Ashwin, STR Binny, JJ Bumrah, S Dhawan, RA Jadeja, V Kohli,
B Kumar, A Mishra, M Shami, AM Rahane, KL Rahul, RG Sharma, UT Yadav.