|India v West Indies 2014|
||vs|| West Indies
ScheduleWednesday, 8 October 2014 at 09:00 GMT / 10:00 UK / 14:30 IST
VenueNehru Stadium, Kochi, Kerala, India
Recently our men in blue have been out touring and suffering humiliation everywhere they went. Kiwis whacked them, Kangaroos humiliated them and even England 2nd rated team manage to serve them bitter taste of defeat. The only consolation for Indian Cricket team was ODI series win toward the very end of their little “adventure of humiliation”.
Dhoni’s men are now back in the comfort of their own home and have been involved into the razzmatazz of CLT20 where he and his team manage to clinched CLT20 title by an overwhelming victory over Narine-less KKR and thus stopping the juggernaut of 14 winning streak. More than half of India’s ODI squad was involved in CLT20 and they are already raring to take on West Indias in their backyard. Good news is that they don’t have to travel far from Bangalore, their victory ground in CLT20 to Kochi, venue of first ODI.
R Ashwin has been rested and CLT20 sensation Kuldeep will probably get his first international cap without even playing a single domestic ODI. Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson and Karn Sharma have been left out while Amit Mishra comes in to strengthen India’s already intimidating spin attack. Murali Vijay has also found a place in the squad. I’m not big fan of M Vijay and I would have rather included Robin Utthapa instead who has been in-form throughout IPL and CLT20 2014 and he is a better player at home grounds. Vijay is certainly not a player to pick for ODI and T20, he is good only for the Test. The biggest upset for India will be missing Rohit Sharma who is out of ODI squad due to multiple injuries.
Clive Llyod’s WICB chairman, decision to withdraw Sunil Naraine from tour will be heartbreaking for them. Narine loves Indian pitches and he spent more time in Indian than he does in WI. Without him and no world class spinner in their arsenal WI will struggle to restrict India’s firing lineup. Sulieman Benn has been included to fill Naraine’s position but will he be able to restrict India?
Good news for WI is that ever fragile Chris Gayle might be available much to tnhe delights of Indian fans though.
We can’t underestimate WI’s fire power though. Look at their batting line up and it’s sufficient to send shiver down the spine of any opposition.
CLT20 final says all about the man who is just unstoppable at home grounds. He has been performing for CSK since he joined them and without missing even a single game. He is equally superb in ODI as well and he will be the one who WI will fear most.
Kohli didn’t do very well in England’s tour and he has missed action in CLT20. He hasn’t played too much of Cricket and it’s time for him to rise up to the occasion or I fear he will start to slip into the obscurity as there are many equally good players ready to replace him.
India has won 6 matches out of 9 ODIs played at Nehru Stadium, Kochi and all of victories have been with huge margins. India have won batting first or bowling first. They have also defeated WI by 6 wickets here once November last year.
Kochi pitch offers something for everything, it helps spinners, medium pacers and fast bowlers as well. It's paradise for batsmen as well, 300+ score is common. India has successfully chased down 300+ score.
Weather during this time of year doesn’t look too good in South India. Thunderstorm is predicted and mach might be affected partially if it’s not going to be a complete washout.
India’s Team – my pick from the squad
MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav
Dwayne Bravo (capt), Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, 10 Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor
India should win this match comfortably however watch out of West Indian firepower and if any one of them gets going then that will be defeat parade for Indians.