West Indies batsmen Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer's bad mix-up between the wickets turned out into a comical run-out during the first Twenty20 global of the three-match series against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Shai Hope, who wasn't in the T20I squad in the first place, filled in for the injured Andre Russell.
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Thomas devoured Shikhar Dhawan, the other opener, with another thunderbolt and then skipper Carlos Brathwaite struck twice to jolt the hosts. Rishabh Pant is confirmed to be a part of the playing XI.
Since capturing the T20 World Cup two years ago under the now-discarded Darren Sammy, the Caribbean has struggled, losing 13 of their 23 outings.
The West Indies T20I squad is already depleted by the absence of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis at the top of the order, with both players pulling out due to personal reasons.
In Tests, they were no match to India with the rubbers ending in three days, and while there was some hope in the ODIs, the tourists crumbled sensationally in the last two matches after posting an impressive win in the third game.
"I guess we're not accustomed to the underdog tag but we have to take it this time around and it's not something we're ashamed of really".
Earlier, the West Indies top order failed while its less-accomplished lower order sparkled with the bat to offer India a fighting score.
The West Indians innings could have folded up even earlier but for a rearguard action by the tail enders - Fabien Allen, Keemo Paul and Khary Pierre - who combined in two nearly even partnerships for the eighth and the undefeated ninth wicket to bring up the last 46 runs in the final five overs. T20 specialist MS Dhoni has also been dropped from the side. The team will be led by Carlos Brathwaite who himself is a formidable all-rounder.
West Indies have endured a hard tour, losing both Tests inside three days and then going down 3-1 in the subsequent one-day series.
Apart from Krunal Pandya, fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed, too, earned his cap for the shortest format of the game.