India bowl; Krunal and Khaleel handed T20I debuts

India bowl; Krunal and Khaleel handed T20I debuts

All-rounder Krunal Pandya and left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed received their maiden T20I cap on Sunday as they made their debut for India in the first T20I against West Indies at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

In the spin department, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will look to continue their chemistry, and India have also named uncapped Krunal Pandya and Shahbaz Nadeem, who returned with a record List A figures of 8/10 for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Brathwaite will have fond memories of the ICC World T20 where he smashed four consecutive sixes in a stay of 10 balls to douse the English hopes in the final at the same venue in 2016.

While Darren Bravo is set to play for West Indies for the first time in two years, dashing all-rounder Pollard will don the national jersey for the first time in a year.

With Rovman Powell still new to global cricket, much then will rest on the shoulders of veterans Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin, while captain Carlos Brathwaite's role will also be pivotal.

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However, the visitors were struck a big blow late in the evening with the news that star allrounder Andre Russell had withdrawn from the series on account of an injury. However, Virat maintained that it was Dhoni insisted that Rishabh Pant should get enough chances in the T20s.

The Eden crowd, apart from Kohli will also miss M.S. Dhoni who has not been picked for the T20Is. Rishabh Pant also adds to the tricky middle order combination. "The team retains some experienced players who will work alongside the younger group which is very important for their development". This apart, the side will expect K.L. Rahul, who is now ranked No. 3 in the ICC's batting rankings, to come good.

In fact, Windies have beaten India five times out of the seven matches that both teams have been a part of.

Dhoni has been left out of India's T20 squad for the home series against West Indies and, more significantly, India's tour of Australia.

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.

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