India vs West Indies 1st T20I

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Despite comfortable wins, the men in blue will not make a mistake of taking the Caribbean boys lightly in the shortest format of the game as the opening encounter will be played at the historic Eden Gardens on Sunday.

Krunal Pandya could be in line for a T20I debut as India include him in the 12-member squad which was announced on the eve of the 1st T20I match against West Indies.

India will be without two of their most experienced players in the upcoming T20I series against West Indies but stand-in captain Rohit Sharma believes it is an opportunity for the others to step up. Ahmed had bowled with fire in the Asia Cup. He would look to carry his fine form from the ODI series, in which he finished behind Kohli, with 389 runs, at a staggering average of 129.66. He is a batsman first and then a leader. He has received the backing of his captain Virat Kohli and had a brilliant series against West Indies. Chief selector MSK Prasad also said that it was not the end of the road for Dhoni in T20Is. Three days later, four days after being selected for the T20 series in India, Russell took to social media and said that he was leaving the Leopards side earlier than expected due to what he indicated was a knee injury. Moreover, the visitors have been bolstered by the return of Keiron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Andre Russel and Carlos Brathwaite.

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Kohli's absence would mean KL Rahul will come into the picture while Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant are expected to add firepower in the middle order alongside Krunal Pandya. Meanwhile, Khaleel Ahmed who has had an emphatic start to his career is also included in the squad. In the spin department, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will look to continue their chemistry, and India have also named uncapped Krunal Pandya and Shahbaz Nadeem, who returned with a record List A figures of 8/10 for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. While the Carlos Brathwaite-led side practised at the Eden Gardens on Saturday (November 3), Russell wasn't with the team during their sessions.

Match starts 7 PM IST.

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