Top five reasons to watch India's tour of West Indies

Jun 23, 2017, 13:37 IST | mid-day online correspondent

As Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team are all set to begin their West Indies tour with the first ODI beginning today IN Port of Spain, we give you the top 5 reasons to watch this series

India's captain Virat Kohli, center, jogs flanked by teammates Rishabh Pant, right, and Ravindra Jadeja during training at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Pic/AP,PTIIndia's captain Virat Kohli, center, jogs flanked by teammates Rishabh Pant, right, and Ravindra Jadeja during training at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Pic/AP,PTI

As Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team are all set to begin their West Indies tour with the first ODI beginning today IN Port of Spain, we give you the top 5 reasons to watch this series.

West Indies Vs India ODI records
>> India have played 29 ODIs in WI since 1983, winning 10, losing 18 and one with no-result

Revival of the Windies
>> Windies will do their best to better their rankings and qualify directly for 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup after scarcely failing to qualify for Champions trophy as it will be an uncomfortable position for the 3 time finalist and 2 time champions.

India's captain Virat Kohli waits to bat during a practice session. Pic/AFPIndia's captain Virat Kohli waits to bat during a practice session. Pic/AFP

Win or Learn
>> 211 combined ODI's played between the 13 man Windies squad, on the other hand Dhoni (291) & Yuvraj (301) have played more ODI's then the entire Windies complete squad.

India's record at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad have been bitter sweet 
>> A Stadium capacity of 25000 will want the home team to win as India has only won 8 out of 17 matches played at those venue. Though India has some happy memories as they scored a mammoth 413/5 vs Bermuda in 2007 WC. India Last played here against Sri Lanka in Jul 11, 2013 which MS Dhoni finished off with a six.

>> Average Score Batting First: 198 (243 in the last 5 completed ODIs)

West Indies' captain Jason Holder throws a ball during a practice session. Pic/AFPWest Indies' captain Jason Holder throws a ball during a practice session. Pic/AFP

Team India's preparation for the world cup
>> Good chance for young guns like Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav to get match time and to firm their place in the playing XI.

>>  Captain Virat will get an opportunity to rotate the squad and find out best positons for the players for upcoming tournaments

Players to look out for in the series
Virat Kholi: Captain Virat will look to steady his form against the struggling Windies team

Kuldeep Yadav: Great change for Kuldeep Yadav to showcase his ability and unravel the mystery about him

Roston Chase: Roston Chase and has shown the calibre to anchor the innings with the willow, he will be West Indies' linchpin and look to steer the side amidst crisis

Squads

Team India: Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik.

Team West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammad, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams.

India will play 5 ODIs followef by a single T20I against West Indies

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