West Indies will kick-off their tour of India with a three-match T20I series, the first game of which will be played at Hyderabad on December 6. This will be followed by the second game in Thiruvananthapuram on December 8 while the final match will be played in Mumbai on December 11.
The reigning ICC World T20 champions will be led by dangerous batsman Kieron Pollard. Nicholas Pooran has been named as his deputy despite his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. As for India, Virat Kohli is back to lead the team after being rested for the Bangladesh T20Is. Meanwhile, Sanju Samson comes in as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan after being initially left out of the squad.
Here’s a statistical preview of India vs West Indies T20Is
India and West Indies have faced each other in 14 T20Is so far. Of them, India have been victorious in eight while West Indies have won five. One match ended in no result. At home, India have won three and lost one, but the loss was a big one — coming in the semi-final of the 2016 World T20 in Mumbai. In West Indies, the record is neutral with both teams winning two out of four games. At neutral venues, India have won three games and lost two.
Rohit Sharma is the top run-getter in India vs West Indies T20Is. In 12 matches, he has 425 runs to his name at an average of 47.22 and a strike rate of 139.34. Sharma has one hundred and three fifties to his credit. Kohli is second on the list with 318 runs from nine games at an average of 45.42 and a strike rate of 139.47. The skipper has three fifties to his name. As for West Indies, Evin Lewis is the leading run-getter with 242 runs in six games at an average of 48.40 and an impressive strike rate of 180.59. Lewis has smashed two T20I hundreds against India.
Highest individual score
Evin Lewis’ unbeaten 125 from 62 balls is the highest individual score in India-West Indies T20Is. The knock came during the only T20I of India’s tour of West Indies at Kingston in July 2017. Windies needed a competitive 191 to win the match, but Lewis made a mockery of the chase, blasting six fours and a monumental 12 sixes as the hosts gunned down the target in 18.3 overs to win by nine wickets. For India, Rohit Sharma’s 111 not out at Lucknow during the second T20I of West Indies’ tour in November 2018 is the best. Rohit smashed an unbeaten 111 from 61 balls with eight fours and seven sixes as India posted 195 for 2 batting first. The hosts eased to a 71-run victory.
Jasprit Bumrah has taken the most wickets in India vs West Indies T20Is. In five matches, the Indian pacer has claimed eight wickets at a strike rate of 15 and an economy rate of 8.10. For West Indies, Dwayne Bravo has been the most successful bowler with seven scalps in six matches. The ‘Champion’ bowler has got his wickets at a strike rate of 14.5 and an economy of 9.35.
Best bowling figures
Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has the best bowling figures in India-West Indies T20Is. He claimed 4 for 16 in the only T20I played at Port of Spain in July 2011. Sammy dismissed Parthiv Patel (26), Shikhar Dhawan (5), Virat Kohli (14) and Suresh Raina (2). However, West Indies lost the match by 16 runs as they failed to chase down 160.