India and the West Indies clash in a limited overs series that begins on Sunday with the first ODI at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The next two ODIs will be played at the same venue on February 9 and 11. The ODIs will be followed by a three-match Twenty20 International series, to be held in its entirety at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata from February 16. For India it is a chance to right the mistakes of their time in South Africa, where they were whitewashed 0-3 in the ODI series.
However, India will be bolstered by the return of captain Rohit Sharma, who had missed the South Africa tour due to injury.
The West Indies have had a mixed 2022 so far. They come to India after a hard-fought 3-2 win in the T20I series over the best England at home. But things didn’t go smoothly for the men from the Caribbean.
Before winning the T20I series over England, the West Indies had lost the three-game ODI home series 1-2 to Irish Roach.
India will start as the favourite, but the hosts have been hit by a Covid outbreak, which has seriously affected India’s preparations for the series.
Prior to the series, the BCCI said a total of seven members of the Indian contingent tested positive, including Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Navdeep Saini.
Others were support staff — T Dilip (Fielding Coach), B Lokesh (Security Liaison Officer), and Rajeev Kumar (Massage Therapist).
Rohit Sharma announced on Saturday that Ishan Kishan will open the battle with him in the first ODI with no other options available.
Here is the full schedule for the India vs West Indies series:
ODI Series (Matches start at 1:30 PM IST):
February 06 (Sunday): India vs West Indies, 1st ODI – Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
09 February (Wednesday): India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI – Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
February 11 (Friday): India vs West Indies, 3rd ODI – Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
T20I Series (Matches start at 7:30 PM IST):
February 16: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I – Eden Gardens, Kolkata
February 18: India vs West Indies, 2nd T20I – Eden Gardens, Kolkata
February 20:India vs West Indies, 3rd T20I – Eden Gardens, Kolkata
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