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India Playing XI vs WI: India vs West Indies 1st ODI LIVE: The three-match ODI series against West Indies may not be a top priority for Team India but it is also an opportunity. With only a handful of matches before the T20 World Cup 2022, players hopeful of a spot in the squad. One of them is Arshdeep Singh, who is likely to make his ODI debut in the 1st ODI on Friday. But Rahul Dravid has to take some big calls for the series. Follow IND vs WI LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN.

India Playing XI vs WI: Three big puzzles Rahul Dravid has to solve

  • Who will open with Shikhar Dhawan?
  • What will be middle-order composition?
  • What will be the bowling combination?

India Playing XI vs WI: Arshdeep Singh likely to make ODI debut, BIG headache for Rahul Dravid on combinations: Follow IND vs WI 1st ODI LIVE Updates

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While the bowling combination looks straightforward with three pacers leading the line including Shardul Thakur, Dravid has to decide on the second and third seamer. Arshdeep Singh on his T20I debut bowled excellently. After not getting a chance in the ODI series against England, he is likely to finally get the nod. That brings to the question, who will be the third seamer? Prasidh Krishna or Mohammed Siraj?

India Playing XI vs WI: Why Arshdeep Singh is preferred option? 

  • Arshdeep Singh is a reliable option as a death-overs specialist and with T20 World Cup around the corner, he is still in plans.
  • After getting no chance in the England ODI series, he is now favourite to come in.
  • The other reason is that both Mohammed Siraj and Prasidh Krishna were expensive in their outings against England.
  • While they are still the best options considering experience, Dravid would want to see more of Arshdeep to keep him ready as a backup seamer for T20 World Cup.
  • In his only T20, Arshdeep gave away just 18 runs in his 3.3 overs, bagging two wickets.
  • With no Hardik Pandya in the ODI series, India will need a third seamer and that is where he fits the bill perfectly.

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India Playing XI vs WI: Who will open with Dhawan and who make it to middle-order?

  • The biggest headache for Dravid is the opening slot.
  • Barring Dhawan, India have options in Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Sanju Samson.
  • While Ishan Kishan is the frontrunner, it is the left-right combination that will be the focal point of discussion.
  • India might prefer a left-right combination for the opening and in that case, Shubman Gill might get the nod with Ishan at No 3.
  • The middle-order looks crowded with Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer competing for two spots.
  • As Suryakumar Yadav is preferred No 4, it’s between Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson.
  • However, considering Hooda can bowl a few overs and Shreyas Iyer ahead in the pecking order, the two are likely to make the XI.

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India Playing XI 1st ODI vs WI:

1. Shikhar Dhawan (C)
2. Shubman Gill
3. Ishan Kishan (WK)
4. Suryakumar Yadav
5. Shreyas Iyer
6. Deepak Hooda
7. Ravindra Jadeja (VC)
8. Shardul Thakur
9. Mohammed Siraj
10. Arshdeep Singh
11. Yuzvendra Chahal

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As for other roles, Ravindra Jadeja, who is the vice-captain for the series, will be a floater. He brings in the left-handed option and could be used depending on combinations and match-ups in the lower middle-order. Hooda may have to drop to No 6 as Shreyas Iyer has mostly played in No 3 to 5.

India’s squad for 3 ODIs for WI: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (vice-captain), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.

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