Published: November 11, 2018 2:18:11 am
On paper, it's a soft rubber. On the morning of Diwali, when Rohit Sharma's firefight in Lucknow gave India a 2-0 lead in the three-game international T20 series, the West Indies remained virtually nothing in Chennai. Also, Chepauk comes after a five-day gap due to Diwali celebrations – a seemingly painful wait for visitors. In a complete series of two tests, five ODIs and three T20I West Indies have so far managed to win only one game; the third ODI in Pune. He probably liked a quick signature.
And yet, from the point of view of the players, the last T20I from Chepauk on Sunday is not an unconscious game. Not T20I in India may be irrelevant, especially with the next IPL just a few months away. Trading is in progress and we already have a high-profile transfer – Shikhar Dhawan moves to Delhi Daredevils at Sunrisers Hyderabad. So even dead Chennai tires become an audition for players on both sides who aspire to win lucrative deals from IPL franchises.
This makes the game tomorrow relevant, regardless of the fact that India decided to rest on Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav to allow them to be "in the best physical condition" for the Australian tournament. Their absence creates opportunities for Washington Sundar and Siddarth Kaul. An accompanying show from the local boy, Sundar or from several Kaul chiefs, can help increase IPL stocks. With Kuldeep rested, Yuzvendra Chahal is expected to return to XI. Leggia is not yet featured in the ongoing T20I series, and additional motivation could be added to it.
As far as visitors are concerned, most have become accustomed to living with the "franchise cricket mercenaries" tag. And so far, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer have shown enough promise during ODIs to make IPL franchises interested. Hope and Hetmyer, however, failed to submit their 50 points to the T20 and Chennai gave them a better chance to correct the course. IPL auctions barely follow a specific pattern and, for example, a quick one could throw away the possibilities of a $ 1 million contract.
Khary Pierre impressed at his T20I debut in Kolkata, taking 1/16 in four overs. The 27-year-old left-arm spinner had a good Caribbean Premier League for the Trinbago Knight Riders this term – 11 wickets in seven matches at a 5.65 economy rate. Although Pierre proved to be very expensive at Lucknow, a good game from Chepauk will firmly put him in the IPL franchise radar.
And it's Oshane Thomas, the new bowling sensation in India. Captain Carlos Brathwaite enthusiastically supported the young man's potential; that, with proper care, Thomas could become "another Joel Garner or Michael Holding". With an average speed of 145 km / h and the ability to hit the right areas, Thomas could be a warm property at the IPL auction. He would like to increase his reputation.
There are sufficient incentives to raise the level of intensity. Chepauk hosts an international team after a gap of about 14 months and a decent participation is expected. The land here traditionally witnesses rotation, but dew can be a factor, especially in the second half.
The West Indies came to this series, giving a record 5-2 heads-up against India in the T20Is. The T20 world champions were expected to enjoy their favorite form. They missed the stars like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine all right. Evin Lewis's escape made things worse. However, fledglings have been inclined to be competitive in their natural habitat. Things were not very much planning and, as said batsman-holder Denesh Ramdin at the pre-match preser today, Kuldeep Yadav was the reason. "The boys have not been able to choose it and, in fact, it has been one of the threats in the middle and unfortunately we have not been able to push it." Kuldeep represented five scalps, including a Man-of-the-Match match at Eden Gardens in two matches at a 5.62 economy rate.
"Food on the table"
For so long now, West Indies cricket is caught in franchise cricket against the national team's swamp. Big players often choose different T20 leagues over the T20I, and almost everyone associated with the setup seems to have accepted the harsh reality with a touch of resignation. "It's hard to build a team with the current scenario. When we look at our T20 players, they're looking around the world, so yes, we're suffering in this." Our top players did not show up for the tournament and this is one of the reasons why we are 2-0 in this series, "said Ramdin, adding:" It's about having food on the table. (If) the players are good enough to be taken by a team from -Other part of the world, then I can not stop a player who is there to improve. "
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