Team India, after convincingly defeating the West Indies in the one dayers, would be looking to continue their winning momentum when they take on the visitors in the first of the three T-20 internationals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma will be leading the side in the absence of the regular skipper Virat Kohli, who has has been rested for this series.
Dashing wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant would be taking over the gloves in the absence of former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who, for the first time has been axed from the T-20 side.
The likes of Sheryas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem have been rewarded for their fine domestic performances and would be looking to make the most of this opportunity presented to them.
The Windes will be boosted by the return of their star T-20 players comprising of Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard. They will be looking to dominate the T-20 series, after a disappointing Test and ODI Series. The team will be led by Carlos Brathwaite.
India’s last win in this format against the West Indies came way back on March 23, 2014 in the World T20 in Bangladesh.
On the other hand, the visitors got the better of the home side in the year 2016, where they defeated them in the semifinals of the T-20 in Mumbai.
In the absence of Kohli, Lokesh Rahul would be getting his first opportunity after being on the bench for most of the ODI series.
Dinesh Karthik who lost his place in the ODI squad due to poor form gets yet another opportunity.
The bowling attack comprises of the best death bowler Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and left arm fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed, along with the spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and left arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav to add variety in the attack.