IND vs WI Dream11 Team, Probable Playing 11, Toss, Pitch and Match Report: After a crushing win in Vizag, all eyes on the series decider on Sunday.
Yet again the Indian team finds themself in a series decider, of a bilateral home series. Last year against Australia, India lost a five match series decider in Delhi; however when we talk about the Men in Maroon the last time India lost an ODI home series was in 2002-03. Since then it has been a sheer dominant approach from the Men in Blue.
Windies look mature and composed team under Kieron Pollard. Every time they enter the field there seems to be an urge to execute a plan they have in mind. With this approach they have already put India under pressure, as we head to the series decider on Sunday. A balanced composition of the team and depth in the batting line up gives them the confidence of bouncing back at any point of the game.
Injuries to the seam bowlers is a major concern in the Indian dugout. Talking about concerns, Rohit & Rahul’s heroics in the previous match has almost covered up Kohli’s uncharacteristic performance in this series, as all he has managed is four runs in five balls. Kohli has played three matches at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack and has managed only 33 runs from his three innings; whereas two out of three matches saw India post targets of 350+ runs.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
The last match played on this wicket was in 2017, India scored a mammoth 381 runs and conceded 366 runs. This time around, the small town of Cuttack is making its way back from Cyclone Fani and it is expected that dew will play a massive role in the latter part of the game.
The pitch in Cuttack is slow in nature and has a low bounce; with the dew factor coming into play, it’s going to be a tricky decision for the captains to make. I strongly feel that team winning the toss will elect to field first.
Probable Playing XI
Back injury to Deepak Chahr has given an opportunity to Navdeep Saini. I think Hayden Walsh Jr and Brandon King won’t make it back to the playing XI on Sunday.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli ©, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (W), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini.
West Indies: Shai Hope(W), Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmeyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard ©, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzari Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell and Khary Pierry.
West Indies tour of India 2019
Match: India vs West Indies 3rd ODI
Date and Time: 22nd December, Sunday – 1:30 PM IST
Channel: Star Sports 1/HD, Hindi/HD
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja
West Indies: Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicolas Pooran
India: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer
West Indies: Shimron Hetmyer Nicolas Pooran and Kieron Pollard
Death over Bowlers
India: Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini
West Indies: Keemo Paul and Alzari Joseph
IND vs WI Dream11 Wicket Keepers
Modern day ODI demands a wicket Keeper to play an all round role. I have three options to select from and on the basis of current form and their ability to play spin bowling I have selected the two West Indian wicket keeping batsmen Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran. Both batsmen have can play as per the situation and can accelerate at any point. Shai Hope has 1 hundred and 1 fifty plus score in this series and Nicholas Pooran scored a brisk 75 in the previous game.
IND vs WI Dream11 Batsmen
I have powerhouse of cricket to choose from, looking at the previous two matches played at this venue; I am anticipating a massive score on Sunday and hence I have selected five batsmen from the seven potential options I have. Despite a poor show in this series Virat Kohli still makes it to my team; such is the aura of King Kohli, one can never write him off in any format of the game. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Shemron Hetmyer have already scored massive runs in this series and are sitting the ball extremely well. An impressive cameo at Vizag and a well paced 70 in Chennai forced my to pick Shreyas Iyer over Evin Lewis.
IND vs WI Dream11 All Rounders
Since I have selected two wicket keepers and five batsmen I am allowed to select only one all rounder. Since the wicket on Sunday is slightly on the slower side and has a low bounce, I feel Ravindra Jadeja is a perfect candidate to go with. Jadeja is a completely different bowler on a slow and sluggish wicket; however if India is batting first I would consider replacing him with Keiron Pollard and that’s the reason why I have 0.5 credit balance in my kitty.
IND vs WI Dream11 Bowlers
With Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahr out with injuries I am left with nine main options to select from. A slow sluggish wicket and current form Kuldeep Yadav becomes an obvious choice for me. Keemo Paul’s variations have really been impressive. Keemo Paul is an absolute genius with a white ball in hand and I expect him to have a major impact on Sunday. Given a choice I would have selected Mohammed Shami but since I am running low on my team budget I will settle for debutant Navdeep Saini who lately has been in terrific form for Delhi.
IND vs WI Dream 11 Captain and Vice Captain
Shreyas Iyer would be my captain as he has the ability to rotate the strike and knock the ball off the park on a regular basis; whereas Virat Kohli will be my Vice Captain, I expect King Kohli to turn the table around with his hunger for runs.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.