India looking to seal a series in the United States

India currently leads the five-game series 2-1 and nothing would be more satisfying than a few landslide wins over the Indian diaspora in the United States, who are expecting an enjoyable carnival of cricket at the weekend.


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Shreyas Iyer’s performance will come under scrutiny as India get ready for back-to-back T20I matches against West Indiesfrom here on Saturday, with the dual objective of winning the series and solidifying the squad for the T20 World Cup.

India currently leads the five-game series 2-1 and nothing would be more satisfying than a few landslide wins over the Indian diaspora in the United States, who are expecting an enjoyable carnival of cricket at the weekend.

However, in this current setup of India, if there is one man whose performance will be watched more than anyone else, it has to be Iyer.

Deepak Hooda, who has used most of the opportunities given to him, looks good at outplaying Iyer right now when it comes to the T20 World Cup spot.

With KL Rahul and Virat Kohli all set to be back in the Asian Cup XI, time is certainly running out for 27-year-old Mumbaikar, who scored 0, 10 (11 balls) and 24 (27 balls) in all three games so far in the current series.

He looked distinctly uncomfortable with the fast and increasing deliveries.

Although the short ball is his main problem, watching Iyer makes it seem like he is unable to decide at what pace and with what equipment he would hit in a T20 game, which is not the case when he takes the strike in 50-over format.

So far, in head coach Rahul Dravid’s regime, no player has had a raw deal in terms of chances and been given a long enough rope to succeed.

However, in Iyer’s case, his T20I game hasn’t exactly delivered the results he has been seen delivering in ODI cricket.

Even then, Dravid gave Iyer nine T20I games in the last two and a half months, one of which in Bengaluru was a wash and there was not a single score over fifty even when he had the chance to go out in the first 10 overs.

If Iyer is successful in the last two games, he has no choice but to give his best as the Asian Cup squad in all likelihood will also be the probable squad for the World Cup. T20.

Even if Iyer qualifies for the Asian Cup or the T20 World Cup, there’s a slim chance he’ll get a first glimpse of the XI in a jam-packed top-order.

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Rohit will probably be available

While Suryakumar Yadav’s impressive snaps left everyone in awe, he is expected to have his skipper Rohit Sharma for company at the top of the list.

In Game 3 in Basseterre, Rohit was forced to retire injured with a back spasm while hitting the 11 and it was more of a precautionary measure with a three-day gap between games.

The India captain would like to continue his recent good form and positive intent in the remaining two games, but at the same time he would have the best seat to judge some of his batting form.

Rishabh Pant has looked good in all of his short stints at the crease and wouldn’t mind having a big one in front of a packed home crowd at Central Broward Park Stadium.

Playing Avesh is a compulsion following Harshal’s injury

Avesh Khan has been taken to cleaners in the last two games but the Dravid-Rohit pair have no choice but to continue with the debauched MP speedster as Harshal Patel has not fully recovered from his injury at ribcage. Avesh throughout his career has been a bit one-dimensional with bowling too short or too full giving batters plenty of time to work on rhythm or play the drive hard.

It will be interesting to see if Kuldeep Yadav gets a match in the series and if India plays an extra spinner in case Harshal is not fit in time.

Teams

India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Parel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Harshal Patel

West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (captain), Rovman Powell, Shamarh Brooks, Dominic Drakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh.

The match starts at 8 p.m. IST.








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