The first T20 international between India and Windies is a special moment for Indian players Khaleel Ahmed and Krunal Pandya as both of them made their T20 international debut with this game. The duo was presented with Indian caps before the start of the match.
The Indian team led by Rohit Sharma has decided to play two debutants in the playing XI for the first T20 international against Windies at Kolkata.
The left-hander Krunal Pandya is drafted in the team as an all-rounder who plays at number seven while Khaleel Ahmed is included in the team as the third pacer.
Before the start of the match, Indian team presented Indian caps to both the players. The entire team was present at this moment and all players congratulated Krunal and Khaleel for their achievement.
You can watch Khaleel and Krunal receive T20I caps here-
Krunal Pandya impressed everyone with his all-round performance for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Overs the years, he has emerged as an consistent player who deliver handy left-arm spin and can also play responsible cricket under pressure while batting in the middle-order.
The T20 international series against Windies is Krunal's opportunity to prove his mettle at the highest level.
On the other hand, Khaleel has already made his ODI debut and performed decently in the Asia Cup and in the ODI series against Windies. And courtesy of this performance he has made it to India's T20 team as well.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss in the first T20 international against Windies and has decided to bowl first.
Indian team has already pocketed the Test series and the ODI series. India thrashed the visitors 2-0 in two Tests and won the five match ODI series 3-1.