Preview by Ganesh Chandrasekaran
Jason Holder was caught by surprise at Chris Gayle’s reversal on his retirement plans. He had just heard from the media manager of what Gayle had said minutes before in the press conference. He even managed a quick laugh about it but played it cool, and revealed that he’d have a serious conversation with Gayle. No fuss.
It’s an attitude of outward calm that cannot be mistaken for lack of interest. Gayle feels the disappointment of not building on their win against Pakistan. So does Holder.
“It’s been two crushing defeats. And we felt them drastically over the past couple of days. But it’s a situation where learning must take place. I think it’s significant for everybody just to draw on their own resources and look at themselves in the mirror and try to make sure that learning takes place,” were Holder’s words ahead of their game against India. It reflected what Gayle wants from his younger team members as well. He wants the likes of Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran to not waste away starts. They cannot afford to do that, with wins at a premium now for qualification. And they’d know that they’ll have a good chance even against an unbeaten Indian team.
The unbeaten tag that hovers big over the Indian team covers over some vulnerabilities that can as yet be exploited. Kohli insisted that the morale was high after avoiding a banana peel of a game against Afghanistan. There’s no reason to doubt that, but can the team continue to give the loss column a slip despite not being at their best consistently?
When: 27th June, 2019 at 10:30 AM Local time
Where: Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
What to expect: The forecast is for a clear day which augurs well for the game. The pitch has a dry look to it which means that the spinners could come into play if the sun stays out for a good part of the day.
India: There’s unlikely to be any change to the team with Bhuvneshwar Kumar still working his way back to fitness. He has been bowling under the watchful eyes of the bowling coach and physios in the days leading up to the game but Mohammed Shami’s outstanding performance in the previous game makes it an easy decision for the selectors.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Holder revealed that they’d wait on taking a decision on Evin Lewis until the morning of the game but also said that nothing had come out of the scans.
Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cotterell, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas
Did you know?
-> Chris Gayle (10290) is on the verge of becoming West Indies’ highest run-getter in ODI cricket – he is 59 away from overtaking the Brian Lara.
-> West Indies last beat India in a World Cup encounter in 1992.
-> Virat Kohli’s last six innings vs West Inides: 111*, 140, 157*, 107, 16 & 33*
What they said
We’ve shown glimpses here and there what we can produce. And as a side we just haven’t brought it together collectively more often than not. And it’s hurt us in games before. So tomorrow is another opportunity for us to bring it all together and play a perfect game – Jason Holder
They’re an outstanding side and they play real positive cricket. We are aware of the challenges that exist in this game. And I think our plans are pretty much in place and we are up for the challenge – Bharat Arun, India’s bowling coach on West Indies
India (From): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja
West Indies (From): Chris Gayle, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Evin Lewis, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Sunil Ambris, Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel