West Indies v India 1st ODI Tips, Predictions and Preview - Windies seek improvement in ODIs

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India started their tour of West Indies with a 3-0 whitewash in the T20I series and the sides now begin a three-match ODI series at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Thursday.

The hosts were below par throughout the T20I series. With the batsmen not taking responsibility, especially the top-order, the Windies looked crippled. Thankfully, their ODI side is a vastly different unit, led by Jason Holder. For India, the need to hit the re-boot button after a poor World Cup campaign highlights the pre-series preparations.

West Indies


The Windies showed specks of brilliance in the World Cup and in the end, only flattered to deceive. They were unlucky at crucial junctures, but inconsistent at most points. Regardless, there is so much to improve for them to get back among the best.

Holder will hope that the young players in his side – Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran will keep improving. Chris Gayle’s return will be a huge boost, as will be the addition of Kemar Roach to the bowling unit.

India


Regardless of the T20I series win, one thing that stood out for India was their middle-order muddle. Barring the third T20I where Rishabh Pant played a matured knock under the guidance of his captain Virat Kohli, the Indian middle-order batsmen didn’t really rise up to the task.

Number four spot remains the focus and Shreyas Iyer could get the first shot. With wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal joining the squad, the Indian bowling looks set to test the hosts. Keep an eye on Mohammed Shami who joins the ODI party and Navdeep Saini who has impressed in the T20Is. 

Match Up


Windies showed in England that they are ready to take their aggressive T20 batting to the ODIs. Although the results were not up to the mark, they could bring the same approach to this game. India will be more interested in finding out how their middle-order woes can be addressed. Team composition could also be an interesting proposition, considering Ravindra Jadeja has put in a wonderful performance in India’s last ODI – the World Cup semi-final.

History & Statistics


  • Windies have lost six of their last seven completed ODIs.
  • Windies have won their last bilateral ODI, but have not won consecutive bilateral ODIs since 2014.
  • Windies have lost five of their last eight completed home ODIs (W5, L3).
  • Five of Windies’ six bilateral ODI losses at this venue have come while chasing.
  • India have won six of their last seven bilateral ODIs away from home.
  • India have won their last three H2H ODIs, which is their best run since winning six in a row between 2009-11.

Key Players


Jadeja played a scintillating knock of 77 against New Zealand nearly getting India past the line in the World Cup semis. The all-rounder should get his chance in the first ODI and could look to make the most of it.

Shai Hope had just three single digit scores to his name in his last 14 innings. The top-order batsman is a key player for the Windies and should lead their charge with another good knock.

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