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India Vs West Indies T-20 series to begin from today

India Vs West Indies T-20 series to begin from today

After winning the Test series 2-0 and the ODI series 3-1, India will be looking to complete a trio of series wins against the Windies.

Left-hander Darren Bravo, meanwhile, has not played global cricket in two years because of a protracted dispute with Cricket West Indies, and the last of his 12 T20s came four years ago. From Indian cricket's point of view, focus is firmly set on the upcoming tour of Australia, and the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant might have been better off playing the Ranji Trophy and accumulating some first-class game time ahead of a testing Test series. Especially with an eye on their preparations for next year's 50-over World Cup, if some of their youngsters like Oshane Thomas and Obed McCoy carry forward the promise they showed during the recently concluded ODI series, there could be a positive trickle-down effect.

How do I watch online live streaming of the India-West Indies ODI series? Andre Russell, too, didn't turn up in Kolkata despite being in the squad.

Earlier, Ashley Nurse was also ruled out of the T20I series due to a shoulder injury, which he picked up after the fourth ODI against India.

"Hopefully we can have as exciting a battle as we've had in those two games and hopefully we can get the same result with the West Indies coming out on top". Regular T20I openers, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, have already pulled out of the squad, citing personal reasons in both instances.

- Kieron Pollard, who has played 147 T20s in IPL, is all set to play his maiden T20I in India. The 31-year old has a world record score of 264 in ODIs here in 2014, a Test ton (177) and two IPL titles won on this ground. "We wish the team every success on a challenging assignment in India", he said. In fact, Brathwaite believes the home side will start as the favourites. Denesh Ramdin at 7 gives them batting depth. In Virat Kohli's absence, Rohit Sharma has returned to his stand-in captaincy role, aiming to make it three in three.

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Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik are in the fray while Shreyas Iyer misses out.

"When I came into the scene, Viv, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and Gus Logie were the guys from whom you could learn a lot".

"At the same time we've got to see what our bench strength is".

The three matches will also give another opportunity to young pacer Khaleel Ahmed who drew a lot of praise from skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri during the ODIs.

It does bring a sense of responsibility when you lead the side and you always want to lead from the front. They have loads of experience and quality.