Tournament favorites, Team India will face Windies in their next game on June 27 in the ongoing world cup. This is going to be an exciting encounter for the sides as India escaped loss by the finest of margin in their previous game against Afghanistan while Windies who look like the dark horses nearly pulled off their last match against New Zealand.
For India, it was a wake-up call and they will look to improve while Windies need a win at any cost to hope for their chances in the semi-final spot when they met each other in Manchester on Thursday.
India lost Shikhar Dhawan as a key player last week, but KL Rahul is there to fill the void, but Andre Russell’s injury came as a major blow to the Islanders especially at this stage of the ongoing World Cup.
Note: Sunil Ambris replaces him in the 15 member squad.
Men in blue were not in prime form in the middle order, but Kedar Jadhav provided hope with a well-built, half-century against Afghanistan in tough conditions, On the other hand, Windies batsmen still need to prove their mark.
The bowling department of team India is excellent and Windies bowlers have failed to execute their plans in the last few matches.
When they face India on Thursday, they will hope for an all-around performance to stun the men in blue.
Kohli led India will eye a win to strengthen their qualification chance in the semi-final stage and hope players like Vijay Shankar to live up to expectations.
Former skipper, MS Dhoni too was criticized by Sachin Tendulkar for his slow performance against Afghanistan will be eyeing to bat well as it is expected to be his last ICC tournament.
The Windies have no choice but to win the game. They have the potential to defeat a strong side like India with the likes of key players such as Carlos Braithwaite, Jason Holder, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Sheldon Cottrell. They could still feel the absence of Andre Russell.