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Cricket news - Dhawan returns as India, West Indies kick start next ODI cycle

Kohli wants India to sustain their 'consistent' brand of cricket.

From the outside looking in, a three-match ODI series in the afterglow of a World Cup and amidst the start of the Test Championship and murmurs of buildup to the T20 WC may seem like an offering of a cold sandwich out of a vending machine with soggy fillings.

Time waits for no one in the modern cricket calendar and Virat Kohli will lead his side out for the first ODI in Guyana less than a month after that Old Trafford heartbreak. He did offer something in the form of context at the end of the T20I sweep when he asserted that his immediate priority was not the 2023 World Cup but to help India sustain their 'consistent' brand of cricket.

On the face of it, there may seem too few riders on this series, but they can retrospectively become reference points in the future, in case either team goes on to revolutionise the ODI game, as England did against New Zealand in that famous series post their 2015 World Cup debacle. India have previously resisted any urge of an ODI reinvention and are unlikely to make an exception for this one. They have 11 players that made the trip to England for the World Cup and two others - Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer - who had reasons to believe they should have been there as well. They'll, however, get a chance to see what their 50-over life without MS Dhoni will look like in the not-so-distant future.

For West Indies, that peek into the future has been pushed back slightly by Chris Gayle's retirement u-turn. But that is no hurdle to set a few trendsetting moves in motion. As demonstrated early in the year, they have the batting resources to match the England model of hitting all the way through a 50-over innings. Jason Holder's biggest challenge now is to refocus his team's aims. With a supportive management structure, he can allow the the team to develop naturally towards smaller targets. For now, the two teams could hardly be further away in terms of their reputation as ODI sides. But ultimately it's about winning the next match, and the next series. As England have shown, a team with a purpose quickly finds things slotting into place.

When: West Indies vs India, 1st ODI, August 7, 2019, 09:30 Local, 19:00 IST

Where: Providence Stadium, Guyana

What to expect: As is the case with most cricket games in Guyana, rain will have a say at some point. To what extent, is the big question. Meteorologists have forecasted scattered thunderstorms during the early hours of the morning, which are expected to abate by noon.

The pitch for the final T20I, at the same venue, played truer than has been the norm in Guyana in recent seasons. Bangladesh played two ODIs here last year and scored 268 and 279 in their two digs. Teams will look at those numbers for their 'par' calculations before re-calibrating on the day.

Team News

West Indies: West Indies had a massive issue with their openers, with the opening pairs managing just 99 runs in eight innings through the World Cup. Evin Lewis had a torrid time in the T20 series against Bhuvneshwar Kumar in particular and will force the management into considering John Campbell to begin the series. West Indies have included Roston Chase in the squad and could pair him with Fabian Allen if they believe in the spin-conducive powers of the Providence Stadium pitch. In that case, one of the fast bowlers (or Carlos Brathwaite) will have to sit out.

Probable XI: Evin Lewis/John Campbell, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach

India: India will welcome back Shikhar Dhawan to the top of their line-up, thereby demoting KL Rahul back to No.4 - a position he was originally slotted at before the former was ruled out of the World Cup. Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer had productive outings with the 'A' side recently since June 2018, averaging 77.90 and 47.33 respectively. An immediate reward is likely to be a No. 5 berth with Rishabh Pant possibly dropping down to six. Ravindra Jadeja's recent form might force Kohli into playing only one of Kuldeep Yadav or Yuzvendra Chahal - both of whom underwhelmed at the World Cup - while Navdeep Saini and Khaleel Ahmed will jostle for a place vacated by the resting Jasprit Bumrah.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey/Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini/Khaleel Ahmed

Did you know?

- West Indies haven't won a bilateral ODI series since August 2014. They also haven't beaten India in their last eight series against them.

- Chris Gayle needs 11 runs to go past Brian Lara as West Indies' leading run-scorer in ODI history

- Virat Kohli is 19 runs shy of pipping Javed Miandad as the player with the most ODI runs against West Indies

What they said:

"For us, the priority has always been to be one of the most consistent sides in the world and in the last three to four years, I think we've been able to achieve that. We're the no.2 side in the world and there's a good reason to that. We've been at no.1 as well sometime. It's the kind of cricket that we've played that has gotten us up here." - Virat Kohli

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