India bowl; Krunal and Khaleel handed T20I debuts

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Andre Russell will be missing out on the series due to injury, according to chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite said he would have preferred to bowl first as well.

In Cricket, the first Twenty-20 worldwide of the 3-match series between India and the West Indies will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata this evening. The introduction of young talent at this time gives the coaching staff some lead time to help them develop their skills and for the team to develop into a very competitive unit.

The Indian team has been on a roll at home for quite some time and against a weakened Windies have looked invincible for most parts of the series.

Since capturing the T20 World Cup two years ago under the now-discarded Darren Sammy, the Caribbean has struggled, losing 13 of their 23 outings.

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In contrast, India have won 11 of their last 14 T20Is inside the last years, and with the in-form Rohit Sharma leading a strong squad, pundits have understandably held out little hope for the Windies. Incidentally this is the first T20 series to be held in India this year.

"I guess we're not accustomed to the underdog tag but we have to take it this time around and it's not something we're ashamed of really".

The flashy and hard-hitting all-rounder was a part of Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL and went to Dubai to take part in the Afghanistan Premier League where he played one game for Nangarhar Leopards on October 9.

West Indies, the defending T20 World champion, will have a new captain and a refurbished squad to challenge the host, which strives to maintain its sway going into the final leg of the bi-lateral series which begins here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Krunal Pandya is the only all-rounder in team that has 3 pacers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed and two spinners in Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Full squad: Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford and Oshane Thomas.