One of the earliest things Virat Kohli uttered on India’s first post-World Cup assignment was the inherent urge to move on. And already, the focus has been trained towards next year’s World T20. India arrived for the three-match T20I series armed with performers from this year’s IPL in the hope to make notes for next October’s big assignment, and have already seen enough to jot down Krunal Pandya’s name as one of the stand-out performers so far.
As much as experimentation has been the buzzword for this tour considering there’s a long road leading up to next October’s showpiece event, Kohli has never opted to compromise on the need to achieve a favourable result. That was probably why India stuck to the same line-up for the first two games and pocketed an unassailable lead. With the series in tow, they’ve now made their way from Florida to Guyana with the chance to offer an opportunity to the likes of the Chahar brothers, Shreyas Iyer and even KL Rahul – who is likely to slot straight into the playing XI (at No.4) in the ODI series that will follow.
West Indies have more on their plate than squad rotation. They’ve done little wrong with the ball in hand so far – even making India sweat in a sub-100 chase – but their batting has let them down. Though they did show improvement in the second game, there’s still a lot left to be desired. A return to familiar climes could just be the kind of boost they need to perform at optimum level considering the line-up they possess.