Andre Russell to miss T20I series against India

Andre Russell to miss T20I series against India

Andre Russell to miss T20I series against India

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli chased the target in just 14.5 overs despite the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan early on.

Several new faces have been inducted into the Indian team to test the struggling West Indies team in 3-match T20I series. But many fans were angered as MS Dhoni missed out on a big milestone for India.

In 2018, Dhoni, who has also captained India to 50-over World Cup glory in 2011, managed only 245 runs at 27.22 in 17 matches.

India take on the West Indies in the first of a three-match T20I series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday, November 4.

Left-hander Darren Bravo, meanwhile, has not played global cricket in two years because of a protracted dispute with Cricket West Indies, and the last of his 12 T20s came four years ago. Team India had repeatedly failed to overcome Brathwaite's men in their last four encounters and the Windies ended the home team's campaign in the 2016 T20I World Cup, defeating them in the semi-finals in Mumbai.

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He has a world record score of 264 in ODIs at the Eden Gardens in 2014, besides winning two IPL titles, in 2013 and 2015.

Captaincy seems to bring out the best in Rohit who notched up 317 runs (average 105.66) in five innings in their title-winning campaign at the Asia Cup.

Hetmyer, 21, is also in superb form scoring 259 runs in the ODI series including the counter-attacking 106 in Guwahati.

With Rovman Powell still new to global cricket, much then will rest on the shoulders of veterans Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin, while captain Carlos Brathwaite's role will also be pivotal. Pant is expected to fulfil the wicket-keeping responsibilities while Karthik could take on one of the positions in the outfield.

A weakened but still risky West Indies will clash with powerhouses India in the opening Twenty20 worldwide here Sunday, hoping to spring a surprise and also halt their decline in what has become their most successful format. Krunal Pandya is the only all-rounder in team that has 3 pacers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed and two spinners in Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

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The Eden centre strip promises to be full of runs, and batsmen from both sides will look to make merry. From Indian cricket's point of view, focus is firmly set on the upcoming tour of Australia, and the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant might have been better off playing the Ranji Trophy and accumulating some first-class game time ahead of a testing Test series.

The first T20I will start at 7 pm local time and 2:30 pm BST.

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Where will the 1st T20I between India and West Indies be played? In fact, a good number of West Indies cricketers revel in their T20 freelance lives. West Indies team media manager Trinidadian Naasira Mohammed refused to comment on Russell's status when asked why he was not seen in practice with the team. On the eve of the match, Krunal had a lengthy batting session at the nets and also bowled his orthodox left-arm spin under the watchful eyes of bowling coach Bharat Arun.

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