Cricket enthusiasts across Indian Subcontinent are all geared up for witnessing an electrifying battle between India and West Indies as both the teams would take the series as a pre-cursor to the ICC World Cup 2015.
Now West Indies have two tours before the World Cup 2015; they first land in India for a tight package from October 3 to November 19, 2014 before starting on a dare devil tour to South Africa, as a warm up for the series.
The Carribbean team has already landed with two shocking events for the team — the 26-year-old off-break bowler Sunil Narine has been banned from the upcoming series by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after the bowler was found resorting to “illegal” bowling action in the Champions League Twenty20. Another bad news stems from Richard Gayle side, as the all rounder has suffered a lower-back injury and would skip the ODI series.
Still, the West Indies side is quite balanced as the opening pair would consist of Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith. Simmons displayed an awesome show in the past and Smith can also hold the accountability of opener.
Bowling department will miss the services of Narine but toughed with Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Holder, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Russell, and Benn. Curtly Ambrose who is presently the Bowling Consultant for the team, would act as big strength for the squad both on mental and physical levels.
Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo (caption), Jason Holder, Darren Sammy and Pollard should hold the fort of middle order for a tough fight against the opponents.
Indian fans are all set to view some big performances from the the poster boy of Indian cricket Virat Kohli, whose fluctuated performance in England tour made them little worried. In order to keep up his brand-value, Virat Kohli must deliver now or never to stay put in the team.
Kuldeep Yadav is a fresh element in Indian squad; last performances of the player were pretty much economical. Murli Vijay will capture the position of Rohit Sharma as he did in England. Suresh Raina, “Mr. Dependable of T20 cricket”, who has the capacity to reciprocate the situation at any time, would be the greatest strength of Indian batting side.
Bowling side consists of Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav which is good pick from the selection committee. Shikhar Dhawan who was on the bit lower side during England tour would like to comeback with high fire.
Both the teams have equal opportunities to set a bench mark before the much awaited World Cup 2015, but Indian side would get the advantage of home conditions.
SCHEDULE: India vs West Indies ODI Series 2014
1st ODI -Wednesday – 08-10-2014 – 14:30 IST (09:00 GMT), Nehru Stadium, Kochi
2nd ODI -Saturday -11-10-2014 – 14:30 IST (09:00 GMT), Kotla, Delhi
3rd ODI – Tuesday -14-10-2014 – 14:30 IST (09:00 GMT), ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam;
4th ODI – Friday – 17-10-2014 – 14:30 IST (09:00 GMT), HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala;
5th ODI – Monday – 20-10-2014 – 14:30 IST (09:00 GMT), Eden Gardens, Kolkata;
Wednesday – 22-10-2014 – Only T20I -19:00 IST (13:30 GMT), Barabati Stadium, Cuttack;
1st Test – Thursday- 30-10-2014 – 09:30 IST (04:00 GMT), RGI Stadium, Hyderabad
3rd Test – Saturday – 15 November, 2014 – 09:30 IST (04:00 GMT), Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad;
Where to Watch Live?
The matches between India and West Indies can be watched live on Starsports1, Starsports3 and Starsports HD.
Live Streaming Information:
Watch live online the free online live streaming of India vs West Indies series on October and November HERE.