Andre Russell out of T20I series against India


Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav.

With Rovman Powell still new to worldwide cricket, much then will rest on the shoulders of veterans Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin, while captain Carlos Brathwaite's role will also be pivotal.

On the other hand, India are all set to play a T20I match at home without MS Dhoni for the first time.

The visitors have beaten India in five of their seven meetings in T20Is - a comforting stat that should give the new-look West Indies a lot of confidence.

The stand-in captain has a world record score of 264 in ODIs at the Eden Gardens in 2014, besides winning two IPL titles, in 2013 and 2015.

In 2018, Dhoni, who has also captained India to 50-over World Cup glory in 2011, managed only 245 runs at 27.22 in 17 matches.

All-rounder Krunal Pandya, who has been consistent in IPL over the years, is in the squad and is likely to make his global debut today if India decide to go in with a third spinner.

Hetmyer, 21, is also in superb form scoring 259 runs in the ODI series including the counter-attacking 106 in Guwahati. Mystery spinner Sunil Narine is also absent. The humidity is expected to be high and there will be a bit of dew as well throughout the match.

India would be looking to continue their domination over the West Indies when they take on the Caribbeans in the first T20I of the three-match series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

Kohli, who recently led India to a 3-1 ODI series win over the Windies, said that Dhoni is only trying to help the youngsters. Andre Russell will be missing out on the series due to injury, according to chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.

It is a different matter that the current world champions have not had a great year even in this format. The latter has only two wins to its credit while one match was abandoned. "The team retains some experienced players who will work alongside the younger group which is very important for their development".