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| On Feb 16, 2022 6:38 PM IST

India vs West Indies: Why is Jason Holder Not Playing Today?

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Jason Holder Not Playing Today India vs West Indies: The big news update is that West Indies premier all-rounder Jason Holder is not playing in the first T20I game against India in Kolkata. After conceding a crushing 0-3 ODI series defeat, the visiting West Indies team will be hoping to come back strongly in this three-match T20I series where all the games will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field first.

India vs West Indies: Why is Jason Holder Not Playing Today?

West Indies skipper Jason Holder came up at the toss with the big development that unfortunately Jason Holder got hit during yesterday’s practice session and thus, he is not available for this opening T20I encounter against India. Pollard also informed that the visitors have included Roston Chase in the playing 11 as an all-rounder replacement. Holder’s absence is a massive blow for the Windies team as he was the Man of the Series in the 3-2 T20I series triumph against England at home having picked up as many as 15 wickets from 5 T20I matches. The big-hitting Caribbean all-rounder also scored an impressive fifty in the first ODI and took a four-wicket haul in the 3rd ODI against India.

WI Playing 11 (Confirmed)
Brandon King
Kyle Mayers

Nicholas Pooran
Rovman Powell
Romario Shepherd

Kieron Pollard
Roston Chase
Fabian Allen

Akeal Hosein
Odean Smith
Sheldon Cottrell

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“We were going with the same XI (as the 5th T20I against England) but we have one forced change; Jason Holder misses out, he got hit in practice yesterday while working on his skills and he hasn’t recovered, Roston Chase gets an opportunity. We have to assess the conditions and see what the pitch has to offer,” said West Indies captain Kieron Pollard at the toss.

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IND vs WI 1st T20I

While talking about the host Indian team combination, they are going in this first T20I match against West Indies with two right-arm leg spinners as Ravi Bishnoi will be making his T20I debut alongside Yuzvendra Chahal. Ishan Kishan will open the batting with captain Rohit Sharma while India is also playing Venkatesh Iyer as the all-rounder in the playing XI.

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IND Playing 11 (Confirmed)

Rohit Sharma
Ishan Kishan

Virat Kohli
Suryakumar Yadav
Rishabh Pant
Venkatesh Iyer
Harshal Patel
Deepak Chahar
Ravi Bishnoi
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Yuzvendra Chahal

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Kuljyot Singh

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