The powerhouses of T20 cricket, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine are all set to give Indian players a run for their money in the first two games. With many players having loads of league cricket experience, a tooth and nail fight is on the cards between these top T20 sides who will lock horns on 3rd August at Florida.
The West Indies (WI) team will be spearheaded by Carlos Brathwaite in the three-match T20 series as Jason Holder is released from captaincy duties in the shortest format. Chris Gayle is a notable omission from the squad opting out due to his commitment at the Global T20 tournament in Canada.
Pollard's onslaught in the death overs could help West Indies take the game away from India and he is also a livewire in the field thus adding a lot of vitality to the WI squad. His brute force and the ability to hit massive sixes all around the park could decimate India.
However, his fitness hasn't been immaculate in the recent past so his dibbly dobbly pace could serve as bread and butter to the likes of Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya. Andre Russel is part of the squad but there are remote chances for him to play as he is recovering from a nasty knee injury sustained during the WorldCup.
The incumbent chairman of the selectors CWI opined, "We felt that players like Narine and Pollard, who have played well in T20 leagues around the world, once they are fit and mentally ready to play, we must give them the opportunity to represent the West Indies again."
Narine is pretty accurate with his line and length. He is a canny limited-overs specialist who will be itching to get back to international cricket after missing out on World Cup 2019 due to a grueling finger injury.
Narine is indispensable to WI because he can come at any phase of the match and use his cunning drifting methods to impede the run flow. He is in the plans of Cricket West Indies (CWI) for the marquee tournament T20 World Cup that is going to be held in Australia next year.
Squad: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Anthony Bramble (wk), John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas