India vs West Indies
Old Trafford, Manchester
June 27, 2019
10:30 AM BST
Preview: India have won four of their five games this World Cup and are on the cusp of making it to the semi-finals. A win against West Indies on Thursday will ensure that but their task will be cut out by a West Indian bowling attack that has threatened teams with short bowling.
West Indies come off a heartbreaking loss against New Zealand and are all but ruled out of contention for the semi-finals. They will want to cause an upset, though, and for that their batting needs to step up against a potent Indian attack.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja/Kedar Jadhav, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell
Wicket-keeper: Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope
The form of India's top-order and lack of bite in West Indies' bowling attack means that MS Dhoni could just be surplus to requirements for this game. Nicholas Pooran, a fine player of spin, and Shai Hope, the in-form batsman for Windies should suffice in this department. Hope could even open the innings if Evin Lewis hasn't recovered from an injury and he has thrived in the position with four hundreds from that position.
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Shimron Hetmyer
Rohit Sharma is in exceptional form this World Cup and on a flat Manchester wicket, he is a must-have. With two hundreds already in his kitty, Sharma will look to pile on more runs in this game. Kohli is a no-brainer given his consistency in ODIs and he will be itching to make a big hundred this World Cup. Rahul has been trusted at the top and in Dhawan's absence, he will continue to remain a key component of the team. He has never played West Indies in ODIs but has 442 runs at an average of 63.14 with two tons in other formats against this opposition.
Shimron Hetmyer is the lone West Indian batsman given how he performed in India in the series last year.
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar is a value for money pick and offers an opportunity to bring in the best Indian players. At No.4, he offers a potential few fantasy points with the bat too. His bowling was sharp against Pakistan and Kohli might just be tempted to use him more.
Hardik Pandya has an uncanny ability to change the course of matches with bat and ball and is a must pick in every fantasy team you pick for an India game. The X-factor all-rounder can be expected to bowl his full quota of overs and also chip in with quick runs down the order.
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Kemar Roach
Chahal has high chances of giving you fantasy points for this game. Chahal has a way against big hitters and West Indies are full of them which makes the leg-spinner a potent threat. Bumrah is another player you should not miss out on given the manner in which he can turn up and destroy teams in any phase of the innings. For West Indies, Kemar Roach, who bowled pretty well against New Zealand, should be a good pick. He can swing and seam the ball upfront and if anything, India is most vulnerable with the bat at this phase. If Roach can exploit that, you might get a bountiful of points too.
Best bet: Virat Kohli and Yuzvendra Chahal
Alternatives: Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah