India has to be cautious against West Indies going all in today at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. It will be an insane mistake to treat ODI squad of the opponents same as their Test squad. From the first game itself, it is clear that West Indies is not ready to give in.West Indies bounced back impressively to get a near win the third ODI which ended up in a tie. The game for many is not much of a worry but it made it left the middle order vulnerability of the Indian side wide open. With so many players to choose from for the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots, India is still suffering severely.
After leveling the series at 1-1, West Indies will try to cash out on the middle order vulnerability to regain control of the series. Another fact that can work in favor of opponents is that Brabourne Stadium will be hosting an ODI for the first time in nine years.
For the Indian team, the middle order woes continue to haunt performance. With Dhoni not able to perform recently and Ambati Rayudu struggling the no.4 spot remains vulnerable. Rishabh Pant is another player who needs to deliver. But the most is expected from the bowlers who need to restrict the West Indies team from scoring high and not let them escape in the death overs.
As far as West Indies is concerned Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer have come up as reliable players and skipper Jason Holder has done his part well in supporting the team to stabilize itself. The best performance by the lower order bowlers of the team has helped them to get back in the game.
The game to be played on Monday, October 29 at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai will require both teams to give their best.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 Rishabh Pant, 7 MS Dhoni (wk), 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
West Indies: 1 Kieran Powell, 2 Chandrapaul Hemraj, 3 Shai Hope (wk), 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Fabian Allen, 9 Ashley Nurse, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Obed McCoy