14th December, 2019
(Mohinder Amarnath's column)
Of course, the West Indies team has great players, but as the cricket format is longer it is not less than a loss for the Caribbean team. The Indian team will take on the contenders in this ODI series. In 1980, the Caribbean team was a strong contender to win the series and since then the difference between the two teams has changed.
Currently the West Indies team is young with some promising players but there are issues of stability and experience with them. The Indian team is still balanced and many important players of the team are in form, which starts with captain Virat Kohli. I have been particularly impressed by Muhammad Shami who is in a good rhythm and using a change of pace for good. In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, it is good to see that the Indian team has enough fast bowlers. One part that can worry is wicketkeeping.
Rishabh Pant needs to remain calm. Every time he should not feel the pressure to play big shots while batting. They must also learn to be patient at times. His wicketkeeping also needs improvement. I have never seen any wicketkeeper holding the ball in front of the stumps. They should wait for them to improve their technique and catch the ball early. There is no question of Pant's talent, but he needs to change his game. After a strong performance in domestic cricket, many young cricketers like Sanju Samson are knocking for their place.
With Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma, the team's opening in all formats is in great rhythm. Rahul will be happy with his performance in the final T20 match of the series against the West Indies. If Rahul also scores runs in ODI series then it will be good for him. Currently this Indian team looks good and is a contender to win the series.