Who would have thought? Who saw that coming? India against West Indies going down the wire that too in Wankhede stadium.
This is nothing short of a blockbuster movie. Perhaps, this is deja vu for the Indian team and in particular for Virat Kohli, who had some loving but haunting memories of this stadium against this opposition.
It was in the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup where India was dumped out of the tournament by a formidable Calypso side whose chase was led by the last man of the match, Lendl Simmons. That day, India fell short of West Indies despite Virat Kohli’s magnificent 89. Will this be the case today? Will West Indies finally end India’s unbeaten series run in Mumbai?
All this is adding up to spice the final showdown, however, there are rivalries within the game which will decide in whose favor the needle of this game will tilt; let’s have a look at who they are?
1. Virat Kohli vs Kesrick Williams:
Both of them had their share of joys. If it was Virat Kohli, in the first T20, who entered Kesrick Williams in his notebook then it was Kesrick Williams who silenced Virat and the crowd in the second.
They both have been at this mocking game from India’s tour of West Indies earlier this year. But the question is who will end the year on a high note? Quite interesting, isn’t it?
2. Lokesh Rahul vs Khary Pierre:
Like above, this pair too produced some spark in this series. In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul has rightfully asserted his case for the top spot and to back it; he has runs by his side. However, Khary Pierre’s presence has resulted in Rahul’s destructive but short stay on the crease which has somehow exposed the middle order.
In both the matches, Pierre has sent Rahul back; will it be the case this time as well?
3. Lendl Simmons vs Indian pace attack
In the 2 T-20’s played between the two teams, West Indies has hardly given Indian bowlers any kind of deserved success. Partially due to bad bowling and partially due to lackluster fielding, India hasn’t got a real chance to threaten the West Indian batting order. To top that, Lendl Simmons outrageous form is tough for this Bumrah lacking Indian team to deal with.
Nevertheless, nothing is all lost. The new ball bowlers have given some problems to the West Indian top order. Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis both were dropped in their initial stages in the innings in the second T20. Hence to pocket the series this time, the onus will be on the pace attack to get India off to a solid start by picking Lendl Simmons.