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India Playing XI 1st T20: India vs WestIndies 1st T20 LIVE: The ODIs are over and the five-match T20 series will be the…

India Playing XI 1st T20: India vs WestIndies 1st T20 LIVE: The ODIs are over and the five-match T20 series will be the most crucial assignment for Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma. This will be the best opportunity for Team India to test combinations, especially with Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah rested for the series. Ishan Kishan is all set to open with Rohit. But the team management will have to take a call on Arshdeep Singh and R Ashwin. Follow IND vs WI 1st T20 LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN.

Playing XI puzzles Rahul Dravid must solve:

  • Who will bat at No 3?
  • Can Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Hooda both play together?
  • Is Ravindra Jadeja ready for a comeback from injury?
  • What will be India’s bowling combination?
  • Who will be India’s third seamer?
  • Is there a place for Kuldeep Yadav?
  • Where does R Ashwin fit in?

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India Playing XI 1st T20: Ishan Kishan to open with Rohit Sharma, is there place for Ashwin? Follow IND vs WI 1st T20 Live Updates

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Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma are designated openers for the series in KL Rahul’s absence

With no KL Rahul, India have a vacant spot in the opening. Ishan Kishan is the designated backup opener. he is all set to get the nod. He warmed the bench in the entire ODI series against West Indies. But it is the No 3 spot that is up for grabs. India have two players fighting for the spot in Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Hooda. While Shreyas Iyer has been excellent against West Indies, Hooda has been in tremendous form in T20s.

The other area of concern is the bowling department. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is all set to lead the line. While Harshal Patel is the second pacer, it is the third seamer that is the biggest headache. Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh are two pacers available. But by the looks of it, Arshdeep is likely to get the nod.

India Playing XI 1st T20: Ishan Kishan to open with Rohit Sharma, is there place for Ashwin? Follow IND vs WI 1st T20 Live Updates

India Playing XI 1st T20 vs West Indies: What will be India’s combinations?

  • Ishan Kishan is all but certain to open with Rohit Sharma barring any last-minute changes.
  • The No 3 spot is a toss-up between Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Hooda. Both have done well and it will be a call that the team management will have to take.
  • Suryakumar Yadav is certain for No 4 spot while Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya are slated for No 5 & 6.
  • Dinesh Karthik is all set to get the No 7 spot if Ravindra Jadeja doesn’t recover in time.
  • But it is Ashwin and Axar who will be the biggest headache. With Yuzvendra Chahal rested from the T20 series, India have to take a call on if Ashwin or Kuldeep should come in.
  • Ashwin hasn’t played any T20s for India since the New Zealand series at home in November last year.
  • With 5 spinners in the squad, India have to pick and choose who to go with.
  • If Jadeja is fit to play, it is unlikely that Dinesh Karthik will not have a place.
  • To simply put, the competition for No 7 is between Axar Patel, Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja.
  • While Axar and Jadeja are all-rounders, Karthik will only play as a finisher and that will weaken India’s bowling attack.
  • If India decide to go with two frontline seamers, Hardik Pandya will have to bowl four overs to fit Karthik.
  • In spin department, considering West Indies pitches, it is likely that India will go with three spinners.
  • With Kuldeep Yadav set to play, only one of Ashwin and Axar can play.

India Playing XI 1st T20: Ishan Kishan to open with Rohit Sharma, is there place for Ashwin? Follow IND vs WI 1st T20 Live Updates

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R Ashwin is making a comeback to T20 side after 8 months

India Playing XI 1st T20:

1. Rohit Sharma
2. Ishan Kishan
3. Shreyas Iyer/ Deepak Hooda
4. Suryakumar Yadav
5. Rishabh Pant (WK)
6. Hardik Pandya
7. Dinesh Karthik/ Ravindra Jadeja
8. R Ashwin/ Axar Patel
9. Harshal Patel
10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
11. Kuldeep Yadav

As for other positions, India do not need to tinker much. Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Hooda will have to fight for the no 3 spot. The five-match series will be crucial for both of them to impress selectors to be in India’s T20 World Cup squad. Whoever impresses will be India’s designated backup for Virat Kohli. While Deepak Hooda brings in a part-time bowler as well, Iyer will have to play as a specialist batter.

India’s squad for 5 T20Is: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.

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