Best West Indies batsmen: The Sportsrush present before you names of three West Indies batsmen who might trouble the Indian bowlers tonight.
The first T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of West Indies is only a few hours away from us. Being played in Lauderhill, Florida, the contest is likely to entice a new set of audiences for the game of cricket. The flat batting wicket and the small size of the ground should witness batsmen dominating the scheme of things from the word go.
The match will commence the sport for both the teams post the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. With a T20 World Cup set to be played next year, both teams would be looking to put their best foot forward in this match.
There is no hiding to the fact that the hosts will be banking on their batting unit for it has been their stronger division in the format. Despite their recent results not going in their favour, the West Indies batting unit has it in it to not just entertain the crows but register a match-winning performance.
The presence of T20 superstars like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell would have bolstered their team but West Indies still are a formidable side on paper. Against an unsettled and inexperienced Indian bowling lineup, their batsmen would be backing themselves to post an impressive total.
Best West Indies batsmen to watch out for tonight
1) Evin Lewis – A T20I strike rate of 163.75 in 20 matches give the early impression that West Indies opening batsman Evin Lewis encompasses the basic skill to dominate in this format. Lewis might not have played many T20Is in his three-year old career but him scoring two centuries and four half-centuries in 20 innings speak highly about his calibre.
Another reason behind picking him in this list is his record against India. In the three T20Is which Lewis has played against India, he has scored 232 runs at an average of 116 and a strike rate of 198.29 including a couple of centuries. While both the centuries were scored in West Indies, the first one was scored at Lauderhill.
The presence of all-rounders like Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian team means that the visitors will take the field with at least two left-arm spinners. If they also include debutant Rahul Chahar, make it three bowlers who will bring the ball into the left-hand batsman. In such a situation, Lewis’ prospects of posting a big score will increase.