India enters the West Indies series fresh off a humiliating multi-format series loss to South Africa. Rohit Sharma will be welcomed back into the fold by the hosts. The right-handed batter missed the entire South African trip, and this will be his first full-time ODI series as captain.
While the 50-over World Cup is still over a year away, the T20 World Cup is coming up later this year, so both India and the West Indies will be aiming to narrow down their prospective lineups for the global event.
The squads for the two-format visit have been declared by both India and the West Indies. There were a few shocks in the hosts’ lineup, as well as a few noticeable omissions. Kieron Pollard will lead the West Indies, who have named a 15-man ODI squad for the three games.
Ahmedabad will host the One-Day Internationals. The match will be followed by a three-match T20I series in Kolkata. The itinerary was adjusted to account for the dangers of excessive travel caused by Covid-19.
● 1st ODI, February 6, Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, 1:30 pm
● 2nd ODI, February 9, Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, 1:30 pm
● 3rd ODI, February 11, Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, 1:30 pm
● 1st T20I, February 16, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 7:30 pm
● 2nd T20I, February 18, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 7:30 pm
● 3rd T20I, February 20, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 7:30 pm
West Indies Cricket has produced some of the best batsmen in the game, including Sir Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Garfield Sobers, and others, since the game’s inception. India, with Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and others, isn’t far behind when it comes to batting talent.
● ROHIT SHARMA’S 162(137) | MUMBAI | 2018
Rohit Sharma, the guy of big scores, has his name on this list as well, with one of his best knocks, which deserved a double century.
Rohit’s current status is such that practically everyone expects a double hundred from him once he hits the magical three numbers.
This was not a usual Rohit inning, as he batted at about 90 per cent throughout his innings. His scores were 25(31), 50(60), 75(79), and 100 in multiples of 25. (98).
After hitting his century, he tore through the bowlers, scoring 62 runs off 39 deliveries, as he normally does. However, Rohit top-edged to the third man in the 44th over, preventing another 200 from being scored that night.
● VIRENDER SEHWAG’S 219(149) | INDORE | 2011
A double century in ODIs is always special, but when that double century is also the highest score in ODIs at the time, it deserves extra recognition.
The 219 by Virender Sehwag was a textbook example of effortless hitting and pure stroke play. Even the legendary Sunil Narine was bowled out as Virender Sehwag led India to their best ODI score of 418-5.
When batting first, Sehwag only had one gear in which he could play, which was the fifth gear. He hammered the bowlers right out of the gate, scoring 50 in 41 balls, 100 in 70 balls, and 150 in 112 balls. Sehwag was constantly on the verge of scoring 200 after reaching 150 in just the 35th over.
He scored his double century in the 44th over, becoming only the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to do so.