India and West Indies face off in a bilateral in the only series scheduled for this week.
Now, that's really odd. We have just a solitary series and that in the shortest format of the game as India take on West Indies in two out of three T20Is this week. Kieron Pollard's men, after being embarrassed 1-2 by Afghanistan in their adopted Lucknow home, will now have a bigger task as their Indian T20 League mates clash in the series.
Both teams are in an experimental phase with the T20 World Cup coming up next year. India might be bossing Test and ODI cricket, but they are some way away from nailing the shortest format of the game with their backward thinking. On the other hand, this is one format West Indies are comfortable playing and know how to ace. Their problem is that their players are mostly playing for other teams. No, literally. From Chris Gayle to Andre Russell to Dwayne Bravo, West Indies are missing a few first line-up players as usual. But we know they can find heroes on the go in T20Is.
Watch out for:
Yuzvendra Chahal - India have Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja this T20I series, but their go-to man in T20Is is Chahal. The leg-spinner has been the lynchpin of India's bowling attack in the shortest format of the game and has 24 wickets in 20 games since 2018. No bowler from either of these sides have taken more wickets in this time frame.
Kesrick Williams - An uncanny pacer with little qualities fitting a fast bowler, Williams has made his weakness a strength in this format of the game. He is relentless in his pursuit of wickets and has a wide repertoire of variations to back his execution. Since 2018, Williams has 18 wickets in 10 T20Is. More importantly, he finished with eight wickets in the last three T20Is against Afghanistan, picking up two three-wicket hauls in the process.
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