Pandya staring at Jaiswal call as batting depth comes under scrutiny - India's predicted XI for 2nd T20I vs West Indies
In the first T20I against the West Indies, India had reasons to be disappointed and positives to take away. Positives included their bowlers' performance and Tilak Varma's remarkable debut, despite the fact that they had lost by four runs. Team India, led by Hardik Pandya, limited the West Indies to 149/6.
Arshdeep Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal each took two wickets, while Hardik, the captain, and Kuldeep Yadav each took one. Tilak contributed to the dismissal of the hazardous Johnson Charles and Nicolas Pooran with two captures, the first of which was a particularly spectacular catch.
Tilak was India's highest scorer at the time, and while he was in the middle, the visitors appeared poised to easily reach the objective.
Before being dismissed by Romario Shepherd, he tallied 39 off 22 balls, striking two fours and three sixes. While the West Indies did a good job of keeping the major names in the Indian batting order quiet, India were severely hampered by the inability of their top order to perform in the chase and the fact that Kuldeep came in with just six wickets down.
Ishan Kishan, who had scored half-centuries in each of the previous three ODIs and the second Test before that, was dismissed for just six runs, while Shubman Gill was dismissed for three.
After struggling in ODIs, Suryakumar Yadav is attempting to rediscover his form in the format for which he is regarded as the finest batsman in the world. He was dismissed for 21 runs at a run per delivery.
Pandya and Samson both fell in the same over bowled by Jason Holder, turning the game decisively in the West Indies' favour. While the former West Indies captain dismissed Pandya for 19 off 19 deliveries, Samson was run out two balls later for 12 runs per delivery.
Pandya is known to give his players an extended leash as captain, so he is likely to stay with the same XI that played in the first T20I unless circumstances demand otherwise.
Nonetheless, it is evident that if this strategy fails, India will likely consider replacing either Ishan Kishan or Shubman Gill, two of the greatest talents for the future, with another prodigy, Yashasvi Jaiswal.
In Guyana, however, Gill and Kishan will likely open the innings for India, with one of Kuldeep, Chahal, Arshdeep, or Mukesh coming out at No. 6.