IND vs WI: India achieves big milestone in T20I format, joins Pakistan in elite list

IND vs WI: India achieves big milestone in T20I format, joins Pakistan in elite list
IND vs WI: India achieves big milestone in T20I format, joins Pakistan in elite list

IND vs WI: India achieves big milestone in T20I format, joins Pakistan in elite list

IND vs WI: Team India accomplished a significant feat by becoming the second team in cricket history to participate in 200 T20 International matches, with Pakistan leading the list having played 223 matches. Led by Hardik Pandya, Team India marked their 200th appearance in the shortest format of the game during the opening T20I against the West Indies at Brian Lara Stadium.

Pakistan holds the top spot with 223 T20Is played, winning 134 and losing 80 games. Following the two giants, New Zealand ranks third with 193 matches, while Sri Lanka and West Indies share the fourth position with 179 T20Is each. Australia holds the sixth spot with 174 matches, followed closely by England with 173 matches. South Africa stands at 168 matches, and both Bangladesh and Ireland share the ninth position with 152 T20Is each.

As for the match itself, Rovman Powell, the captain of the West Indies, won the toss and chose to bat first against India in the opening T20I of the five-match series held at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba on Thursday. Notably, two young talents, Tilak Varma and Mukesh Kumar, are making their T20I debuts for Team India in this game.

Speaking at the time of the toss, West Indies captain Rovman Powell said:

“We are gonna bat. Looks like a dry surface. India is playing a lot of spinners, let’s see how we cope against them. The guys are confident. It’s not a complete change in strategy. We are still boundary hitters, we are trying to run hard. We have gone with our strengths.”

India captain Hardik Pandya said:

“That was the whole plan for this tour as well. We might be coming here to play the World Cup. Some players might get a chance to play here. By the time we come here next time, we’ll be prepared. I try to keep things simple. For me, it’s about improving. I focus on processes. You might have some losses and failures, but I am okay with it. It’s all about challenging ourselves. Umran, Bishnoi miss out. We are playing three spinners.”

West Indies (Playing XI): Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Johnson Charles(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell(c), Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph and Obed McCoy.

India (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Hardik Pandya(c), Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh and Mukesh Kumar.

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