After the first game of the three-match ODI series between India and West Indies was washed out due to rain, the two teams will meet on August 11 at Port-of-Spain. The Men in Blue will be looking to put an end to their middle order woes, while the Windies will hope that they can give their stalwart Chris Gayle, who will retire from ODIs after the series, a memorable farewell.
Here is India’s predicted 11 for the second game.
Rohit Sharma: The opener has been in the form of his life since the World Cup, where he ended as the leading run scorer. He will look to carry forward his excellent run and give his team another aggressive start as the side look to go 1-0 up.
Shikhar Dhawan: The left-hander has struggled for runs after recovering from injury. He will look to spend some time in the middle and hand his team a great start.
Virat Kohli: The skipper was in great touch in the T20I series, and ended as his team’s leading run-scorer. He will be keen to lead from the front yet again, as India look to go 1-0 up.
Shreyas Iyer: The player has been waiting in the wings for an opportunity. Though he has scored plenty of runs in domestic cricket and in the IPL, he has not been able to leave an impact with the Indian team.
Rishabh Pant: Pant would have gained a lot of confidence after his match-winning knock in the last T20I. The player is known to play rash shots, and he will be looking to play with maturity here.
Kedar Jadhav: Jadhav was dropped from the team for the last few games that India played in the World Cup due to bad form, but has still been backed by Kohli. He will look to score crucial runs down the order and also pick a few wickets if need be.
Ravindra Jadeja: Jadeja showed why he is rated so highly in the semi-final of the World Cup, where he contributed in both departments. With Hardik Pandya rested from this tour, Jadeja will have to hone the duties of a finisher.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Along with Jasprit Bumrah (also rested for the ODIs), Bhuvi has pitched in with consistent showings in the last few years with the new ball. He has been fantastic at the death as well, and will hope that he can get danger man Chris Gayle out early.
Kuldeep Yadav: Kuldeep struggled in the IPL and was not as consistent in the World Cup either, but he showed glimpses of returning back to form with a good spell in the first ODI, The young spinner is expected to get help from the track that will get slower in the second innings.
Mohammed Shami: Shami was a revelation in the World Cup, as he came in place of injured Bhuvi and immediately impressed, taking 14 wickets in five games.
Khaleel Ahmed: Khaleel Ahmed has enough potential, and he has the talent to make it big for India. He has been inconsistent in the chances given to him, but he will look to impress with his left-arm variations.