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West Indies vs India 1st T20I – Predicted India Playing XI to face the West Indies

West Indies and India will face off in five Twenty20 Internationals beginning on Friday, July 29. The two sides last clashed in February for three Twenty20 Internationals in India, which the hosts won 3-0. West Indies, on the other hand, enter the series after a 2-0 series triumph against Bangladesh in T20Is earlier this month.

Since the completion of the IPL 2022 in May, India has drawn the series 2-2 at home against South Africa, won the away series 2-0 against Ireland, and won the series 2-1 against England. They want to bring the momentum they’ve built over the previous two months into this series.

Let’s take a look at the predicted India Playing XI to face the West Indies in the First T20I.

Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant open the innings

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It is concerning that skipper Rohit Sharma has not been regularly among the runs recently. But it’s just a matter of time until Rohit, who has been one of the top white-ball hitters in the previous decade, gets back on track.

India might stick with the opening duo of Rohit and Rishabh Pant. Although this was not especially successful in England, India may stick with it and see how it goes. Pant has also failed to score in T20Is. However, he was in excellent form in England’s other two forms and would seek to carry that success into the T20Is.

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Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, and Suryakumar Yadav strengthen the middle order

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The middle order has been India’s strength, and it has come to their aid many times in the past month when the top order has faltered. Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav must start in 2022, since both averages over 40 and have a strike rate of over 170. Both players have scored a century in the past month.

Dinesh Karthik is one of the first names on the squad sheet, owing to his late-inning form since the start of the IPL 2022. His fast cameos have been critical in putting up a competitive total or getting his team over the finish line.

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Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja offer all-rounder support

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With their all-around ability, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja have provided the side with balance and depth. Jadeja has recently emerged as one of India’s go-to finishers, as well as a specialist spinner.

Pandya has recovered his form as a fast-bowling all-rounder since the start of the IPL. He is a wicket-taker as well as a reliable middle-order batsman. Both all-rounders are exceptional athletes and fielders.

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Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Harshal Patel form the bowling attack

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Arshdeep Singh, who impressed in his debut T20I earlier this month, might be handed the nod. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the new-ball bowler, and Harshal Patel, the death-over specialist, are very certain to start. Ravi Bishnoi will be the team’s specialty spinner.

In the recent year, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel have been the two leading wicket-takers in the format. With this bowling combination and two all-rounders, India has six bowling options: four pacers and two spinners.