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Only seven months to go to historic World Cup. India will play eighteen ODI’s before it. Team India should sort all the problem before entering the mega tournament. This is the easiest of the tournaments left before World Cup. Winning the series Five-Nill might not be hard for India, but it should aim for it. This is an excellent opportunity for them to sort middle order conundrum. This series enables team India to vet the talent of some young players like Pant and Khaleel. Gawhati will host the first of five ODI’s according to cricinfo schedule.
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- Virat Kohli is just 221 runs away from completing 10000 run Mike Stine in ODI cricket.
- Ambati Rayudu to play at Number 4.
Though India won Asia cup without sweating much, it’s middle order conundrum is not sorted. Openers Right Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan performed good, they did not get proper support from middle order. With Virat Kohli joining the squad, it can forget the no 3 slot. India tried many players like Kedhar Jadhav, Manish Panadey , Finish KArthik e.t.c, none of them have been consistent. Rayudu has performed great in the place Virat Kohli in Asia Cup, now India will try him at number 4. Rishabh Pant is likely to make his debut, at number 5. Keeping World Cup in mind, Team India has rested Bumrah Japsrit and Bhuvaneswar Kumar to reduce work load. Shammi, Umesh Yadav will share responsibilities along with Khaleel Ahmed in pace department. Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav will share spin spell.
West Indies aren’t as easy as to defeat in ODI’s like tests. Few prolific players have joined the squad. All their hopes are on Marlon Samules, captain holder Alzari Jeoseph and Devendra Bishoo. Even a win fro them on this tour is moral victory .
- Kohli to score a century.
- Devandra bishoo to pick one or more wickets.