The visiting Caribbean team at a practice session in Guwahati on Saturday Credit: UB Photos

Guwahati: Keeping aside their 0-2 defeat in the recently concluded Test series against India, West Indies are all set to take on the host country in their first One Day International (ODI) in the five-match series in Guwahati on Sunday.

Addressing media persons on the eve of the match at Barsapara Cricket Stadium on Saturday, West Indies captain Jason Holder held that his team has recovered from the defeats in the Test matches. “We have a young team. We are playing against the host with new talents. Playing in India against India is not easy at all. Currently, Team India has some world-class players and they are in top form,” he said.

Commenting on Marlon Samuels’ return to the ODI squad, the Caribbean skipper was hopeful of the right-handed middle order batsman and off-spinner in tomorrow’s match. “Currently, he is one of the most senior players in the squad. His presence will definitely boost the confidence of the team members,” he said, adding: “Samuels is playing his 200th match tomorrow, which itself reflects his capabilities. His experience will definitely inspire the young talents of the team.”

On the comparatively new-look West Indies team, Holder further informed the media that West Indies cricket is passing through a transitional phase. “We had many great players and they all have retired now. But this young and energetic team has the potential to become the future of our country’s cricket.”

The Caribbean skipper also lauded the role of Australian cricketer and the team coach, Stuart Law, in the overall development of the West Indies team. “Law has done tremendous work in last 10 years as coach. He has done quite well with Australia and he continues to boost our team.”

Team India skipper Virat Kohli announced the 12-member team to play against West Indies in Guwahati on Saturday

Rishabh Pant to make debut in Guwahati

Rishabh Pant is in line to make his ODI debut as India announced their team for the first ODI against Windies at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday.

Pant will play as a specialist batsman with MS Dhoni taking his customary role behind the stumps. However, there was no such luck for young fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed, who was named as the 12th man with India going in with two specialist seamers and three spinners.

Meanwhile, India announced their 12-member player list for the first ODI on Sunday. The members for include Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (W/K), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Khaleel Ahmed.

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