Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Hardik Pandya Has a Message For Brother Krunal on His India Debut

Hardik Pandya Has a Message For Brother Krunal on His India Debut

INDIA - Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.

The nonpareil M.S. Dhoni has not been picked for the T20Is.

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite said he would have preferred to bowl first as well. He also induced a poor stroke from Rishabh Pant. The seasoned Mumbai batsman was the second highest scorer behind Kohli, scoring 389 runs at 129.66, that included two hundreds. The classy opener also made his first-class debut at Eden and got his first IPL ton here.

After losing the Test and the ODI series, West Indies are all set to challenge the hosts in a format wherein they have found a lot of success. He would look to carry his fine form from the ODI series, in which he finished behind Kohli, with 389 runs, at a staggering average of 129.66. The visitors though have struggled in their favourite format in the ongoing year, managing only two wins from nine matches so far. Ashley Nurse will miss both the remainder of the India tour and the Bangladesh tour as he recovers from his injury. The humidity is expected to be high and there will be a bit of dew as well throughout the match. It was 4/45 when Pant fell, worse than West Indies who were 4/47, before Karthik and Pandey absorbed the pressure with a 38-run stand and before he and Pandya took India home.

With Rovman Powell still new to worldwide cricket, much then will rest on the shoulders of veterans Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin, while captain Carlos Brathwaite's role will also be pivotal. But none of that mattered and the spinners hadn't even came on. This is the format the Windies enjoy the most and the hosts can not afford to get casual even once during the series.

The flashy and hard-hitting all-rounder was a part of Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL and went to Dubai to take part in the Afghanistan Premier League where he played one game for Nangarhar Leopards on October 9.

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