For the clash at historic Eden Gardens, there will be no Chris Gayle - the most successful batsman ever in T20s - nor any Evin Lewis, who has already plundered two centuries in 17 matches.
INDIA - Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.
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.
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.
Although according to regular skipper Virat Kohli, who has also opted out of the series, Dhoni remains an integral part of India's plans, it is widely believed that the 37-year old is being phased out owing to his poor run since the turn of the year. "Resting players and giving them a break is also necessary, keeping the workload and the World Cup ahead, we need to take those necessary steps", Rohit mentioned.
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Hetmyer, 21, is also in superb form scoring 259 runs in the ODI series including the counter-attacking 106 in Guwahati.
Back at the ground where he hit four sixes in an over to help his side win the World T20 two years ago, Brathwaite next dismissed KL Rahul (16) in a wicket maiden over to put India on the backfoot. The humidity is expected to be high and there will be a bit of dew as well throughout the match. Hotstar will avail the online streaming option for the subscribers in India, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Coming to the T20 games, India will start as favourites after cantering to a 3-1 ODI series win and two test victories prior to that. The good balls from the fast bowlers -- like when debutant Khaleel Ahmed angled one across Denesh Ramdin and induced an edge or when he tempted Kieron Pollard with a ball that slanted away or the Jasprit Bumrah delivery that beat Darren Bravo but missed the outside edge -- didn't fetch wickets. While that created speculations, even coach dodged the matter saying "no comments". This is the format the Windies enjoy the most and the hosts can not afford to get casual even once during the series.