For the first time in recent weeks, an India vs West Indies contest has the latter going in as favourites. The MS Dhoni-led Indian team gear up for their first international game on US soil when they face off against the Caribbean side in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, Florida.
Coach Anil Kumble had no qualms in admitting that it won't be a walk in the park for India against the current World T20 champions, who have a squad filled with players fresh from the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Apart from Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah is the only other player to join the Indian T20 squad, while the rest of the 12 members are the ones who recently featured in the four-Test series in the West Indies. What remains to be seen is how quickly can those players shed off their Test cloak and don the one required for the slam-bang format of cricket.
On the other hand, West Indies have a squad filled with players who came up with good performances during the recently-concluded CPL. They will be eager to extend their fine form and live up to the tag of the 'team to beat' - as West Indies coach Phil Simmons insisted.
Meanwhile, the T20I series between the two sides ushers a new beginning for cricket in the United States of America. With a fair number of Asian Indians and people of Caribbean ethnicity present in the US, and cricket-starved crowds waiting to see more action, one can expect a big turnout at the only ICC-approved venue in US, when the weekend bonanza kicks off.
Source : http://www.cricbuzz.com/live-cricket-match-blog/16942/ind-vs-wi-1st-t20i-india-v-west-indies-in-usa-2016