Rohit Sharma and Shai Hope to lead as we look at the confirmed playing 11 for India vs West Indies 1st ODI 2023.
Official Playing 11:
Team India Playing 11
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik & Mukesh Kumar
West Indies Playing 11
Shai Hope (c&wk), Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Alick Athanaze, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Romario Shephard, Gudakesh Mote, Dominic Drakes, Jayden Seales & Yannic Kariah
In a not-so-convincing fashion, the Test series comes to an end with India winning it 1-0. It’s unfortunate for Team India, who couldn’t end up on the winning side of the 2nd Test as Rain played spoilsport. India would be cursing their luck as they lose crucial 8 points, which can come in handy for the WTC final qualification.
Nevertheless, after an action-packed Test series, the action now moves to the most awaited format of the year, the ODIs. India would be playing West Indies for a 3-match ODI series, which will act as a stepping stone for Team India’s preparation for the marquee event of the year, the ODI World Cup 2023.
Historically, India have had the better of the West Indies in ODIs. Of the 139 ODIs India and West Indies have played against each other, India have ended up winning 70 and losing 63 of them. However, since 1st Jan 2000, India have won 49 times, while losing only 23 times. So, the current scenario makes India the favourite for the ODI series.
The first ODI begins on July 27, and with a lot of senior players are absent in the Indian team, it would be interesting to see what playing 11 they adopt. So. with the knowledge in hand, let’s analyze the players, and find out the India vs West Indies 1st ODI 2023 best playing 11 for both teams.
Tournament: India Tour of West Indies 2023
Type: 1st ODI
Where: Bridgetown, West Indies
When: July 27, 7 pm IST
WI vs India 2023 – Official ODI List for Team India:
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav & Virat Kohli
WKs: Ishan Kishan & Sanju Samson
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya & Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik & Yuzvendra Chahal
Team India’s Best Predicted Playing 11
Openers: Rohit Sharma (c) & Shubman Gill
Team India have four openers in the squad in the form of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Ishan Kishan. But they would stick to their preferred and proven opening pair of Captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. This pair should continue to open for at least the first two ODIs before Team India does any experimentation in the third ODI.
Middle-order: Virat Kohli & Sanju Samson (wk)
Coming to the middle-order, the main question that Team India would ask themselves is whether to play Ishan Kishan in the middle-order, a position that is unusual to him, or play a specialist wicket-keeper in the form of Sanju Samson. Well, given the seniority, Ishan Kishan seems more senior currently. However, as a strategic move, India may opt for Sanju Samson as the keeper of the squad.
Selecting Samson seems a logical move given Kishan isn’t too comfortable playing in the middle-order. Whereas Sanju is more apt to play in the middle-order, even though Kishan brings the strategy of playing a lefty in the middle-order. Meanwhile, Kohli should make the most of his current form while batting at number 3 for Team India.
Finishers: Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav & Ravindra Jadeja
Talking about the finishers, all eyes shall be on Suryakumar Yadav, who registered three successive ducks in the last ODI series vs Australia. In this series, we should mostly see Surya in the number 6 position. This would be an apt position for him as he is most likely to come around the 30th over mark, which makes him sync his batting to the T20 format, where he is a champion.
For the all-rounder finishers, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja shall be the primary all-rounders of the squad. Given that Hardik has started bowling, he is a big positive for India. Meanwhile, India also have Axar Patel, but Axar can wait unless there is a need for 3 spinners in the squad.
Bowlers: Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik & Mohammed Siraj
Coming to the bowling department, India have selected 5 pacers and 2 spinners in the squad. Of the five pacers, Unadkat hasn’t played a lot of ODIs, and Mukesh shall play his first ODI if given an opportunity. So, for the time being, we should mostly see Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Umran Malik leading the pace duties for Team India.
For the spin department, the choice shall be between Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. It is difficult to leave out any of these. But given India’s preference off late for Kuldeep Yadav, he should continue to lead the spin attack ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal. However, if the pitch does assist spin, India may opt for both with Umran seating out.
West Indies vs India 2023 – 1st ODI Best Predicted Playing 11 for Team India:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik & Mohammed Siraj
WI vs India 2023: Official ODI Series Squad List for West Indies
Batters: Brandon King, Keacy Carty, Rovman Powell & Shimron Hetmyer
Wks: Shai Hope (c)
All-rounders: Alick Athinaze Kyle Mayers, Romario Shephard
Bowlers: Alzarri Joseph, Dominic Drakes, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas & Yannic Cariah
West Indies’ Best Predicted Playing 11
For West Indies, Brandon King and Kyle Mayers shall open the batting. Whereas Keacy Carty, Shai Hope, and Shimro Hetmyer shall play in the middle-order. Rovman Powell, Romario Shephard, and Alick Athanaze shall do the finishing duties. Whereas Dominic Drakes, Alzarri Joseph, and Yannic Kariah shall lead the bowling attack.
West Indies vs India 2023 – 1st ODI Best Predicted Playing 11 for West Indies:
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Keacy Carty, Shai Hope (c&wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Romario Shephard, Alick Athanaze, Dominic Drakes, Alzarri Joseph & Yannic Kariah
Top Fantasy Players 11 for West Indies vs India 1st ODI 2023
Batters: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli & Shimron Hetmyer
Wks: Shai Hope & Sanju Samson
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya & Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Siraj & Kuldeep Yadav
CVC Choice: Shubman Gill & Virat Kohli
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