Published: Fri, December 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli Puts His Weight Behind Struggling Rishabh Pant

Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli Puts His Weight Behind Struggling Rishabh Pant

From Lauderhill to Lucknow, these fixtures have produced the same result every single time - an Indian win. He placed belief in his charges and reminded the press they had some good practice sessions to help them acclimatise to Indian conditions. Nicolas Pooran, who will not be available for the first T20I, owing to his four-match ban, will be a huge miss for the visitors in the middle-order. A number of star names are absent, either through injury or other reasons.

"Referring to the absence of some senior players, Pollard said: "(Andre) Russell, (Sunil) Narine and (Dwayne) Bravo are big gaps, but the squad selected has come down here to try and do the job. With Kieron Pollard being handed over the responsibility as the skipper, the Windies would be expecting change of fortunes for this series.

Pollard has quite the task on his hands.

Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran have been around the set-up a little longer than King and Walsh, but though they were both part of West Indies' 50-overs World Cup side, they're still easing their way into global cricket.

Speaking about new talent like Hayden Walsh Jr. and Brandon King, Pollard felt the most important thing for the management was to have patience.

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And so, trust Sheldon Cottrell, Lendl Simmons, Brandon King, Khary Pierre, Keserick Williams, Hayden Walsh would be swinging to MC's Hammer Time! The upcoming series would be a chance for India to see how the talented youngster fares as an opener. "We will probably be playing as close to the eleven that we want in the World Cup for the remainder of the T20 games we have leading upto the World Cup".

While there is still that conundrum of wrist spin vs finger spinners who can also bat, the presence of both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has indicated that India haven't yet ditched the former option, with Kohli stressing on their importance during the T20 World Cup in Australia next year, while also reflecting on the key roles the likes of Washington Sundar and Ravindra Jadeja can play.

"My advice to Rishabh Pant will be: learn everything you can from Dhoni".

Whatever eleven Kohli and the team management choose to field, India will start as the overwhelming favourite.

West Indies will seek to end a frustrating streak that has left them without a series win against India in 13 years, but captain Kieron Pollard today said he was under no illusions about the size of the challenge facing his embattled side.

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