Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed handed maiden T20I cap

Sachin Tendulkar Weighs In On MS Dhoni

Krunal has recovered after he underwent surgery for shoulder tear.

Full details of when, where and how you can watch and follow the 1st T20I between India and West Indies live. Hotstar will avail the online streaming option for the subscribers in India, the United States and the United Kingdom.

However, India will be wary of the threat that West Indies poses in the shorter format of the game since they are the reigning T20I champions. Rishabh Pant will don the gloves in place of MS Dhoni.

Chief selector MSK Prasad also said that it was not the end of the road for Dhoni in T20Is. With Virat Kohli's absence, Rohit Sharma would be leading the side against the Windies.

Under Jason Holder, West Indies were mauled 0-2 in the Test series in six days' of action. Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo are all back in India for the series.

But the "local boy" Karthik, who leads Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL, stayed calm in his 31 not out from 34 balls (3x4, 1x6) to steer India home with 13 balls to spare. Rohit persisted with his two spinners, who shared eight straight overs. The squad has seven first-timers for the Windies in this format at the worldwide level; all of whom would have represented the Windies B and A for tours of Canada and England.

Left-hander Darren Bravo, meanwhile, has not played global cricket in two years because of a protracted dispute with Cricket West Indies, and the last of his 12 T20s came four years ago.

Hetmyer, 21, is also in superb form scoring 259 runs in the ODI series including the counter-attacking 106 in Guwahati.

Captaincy seems to bring out the best in Sharma who notched up 317 runs (average 105.66) in five innings in their title-winning campaign at the Asia Cup.

Pant is expected to fulfil the wicket-keeping responsibilities while Karthik could take on one of the positions in the outfield.

The three matches will also give another opportunity to young pacer Khaleel Ahmed who drew a lot of praise from skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri during the ODIs.

Now, yesterday the team management declared the 12-man squad for the first T20 match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata and Krunal Pandya could make a debut into the Indian squad.

It was a ideal scenario for the aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant as he had ample time in the middle to play a match-winning knock and justify his inclusion in the side.

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