Andre Russell to miss T20I series against India

Team India

The first T20I will start at 7 pm local time and 2:30 pm BST.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been rested from the three-match series and stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma has been given the duty to guide the Men in Blue.

For the clash at historic Eden Gardens, there will be no Chris Gayle - the most successful batsman ever in T20s - nor any Evin Lewis, who has already plundered two centuries in 17 matches.

Elder brother of star all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Krunal was part of the squad for the three T20I series in England but did not get a game.

Earlier, debutant Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) ensured that the Windies run-rate dried up before the spin duo of Krunal Pandya (1/15) and Kuldeep made merry.

Dhoni has been left out of India's T20 squad for the home series against West Indies and, more significantly, India's tour of Australia.

Put into bat, the first 49 runs cost West Indies the top half of their batting order at the midway stage of their innings.

The Indian seam attack will be led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, which now includes additional variation in the form of left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed.

Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne said: "With the T20 World Cup two years away the process of rebuilding a squad to be a competitive unit for the tournament is critical at this stage".

However, India will be wary of the threat that West Indies poses in the shorter format of the game since they are the reigning T20I champions. The humidity is expected to be high and there will be a bit of dew as well throughout the match. Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo are all back in India for the series.

Debutant Oshane Thomas and Carlos Brathwaite had rocked India, chasing 110 for their first T20 win against West Indies in four years, with some express stuff on a wicket that aided such bowling.

"What we have to face at this point in time is with the squad that we have, which in my opinion is a very exciting squad and it's for us to find a way to get the best out of each and every player in that squad, to not only challenge and compete but come out victorious against the Indian team".

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