IND vs WI: India favourites in ODIs against West Indies, says Ajit Agarkar

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IND vs WI: India favourites in ODIs against West Indies, says Ajit Agarkar

IND vs WI: Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar reckons that the Rohit Sharma-led team would start as favourites in the three-match One-Day International series against the West Indies.

From February 6 to February 16, Team India will play three ODIs at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, followed by a T20I series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Rohit was meant to captain the team in the One-Day Internationals against South Africa, however he was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. He has, however, regained his fitness and is ready to take command of the Men in Blue.

“I think India are very tough to beat at home. I think with Rohit Sharma coming back a lot fresher. India will start as favourites there’s no doubt, especially in the ODI series. The positions need to cemented whichever it is or wherever they are going to bat. Whether Rahul is going to come in the middle. Then he has to stay in the middle for me over the course of the next year. And a half till we approach that World Cup,” Agarkar said on Star Sports’ show ‘Game Plan’.

“So, that clarity has to be there because at the moment there are some gaps. From that 4, 5 and 6 which will need some firepower in those positions,” he added.

India will become the first international team to play 1000 One-Day Internationals when it enters the field on Sunday. With 999 matches under its belt, India has 518 victories and 431 loses. In 2002, the Men in Blue played their 500th match. And now, two decades later, the team will have played 1000 ODIs.

India ODI squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mayank Agarwal, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, KL Rahul (available for 2nd ODI), Rishabh Pant, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan.

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