The Indian cricket team will feature in a T20I game against West Indies in Florida, USA Today and Florida are expected to be buzzing for the game because of the presence of a strong Indian diaspora there. India has played at this venue four times in the past too.
In recent years, whenever the Indian cricket team has toured West Indies, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has made it a point to organize a couple of T20I games in Florida to promote the sport in the region. They had done so in 2016 and they did it again in 2019 when India toured the Caribbean.
While India had lost one out of the two games that they had played in Florida in 2016 and the other one had got washed out because of rain, the men in blue won both games in Florida on their previous tour in 2019 and the man of the match in the last game of India’s previous tour was Krunal Pandya.
Krunal Pandya is currently not on the selection radar of the Indian cricket team
Krunal, who has fallen off the selection radar of the Indian cricket team in white ball cricket in the last little while, was a part of the Indian set-up for that particular T20I series and had played an impactful cameo with the bat down the order batting at no. 6 in the last game India played in Florida.
India had batted first in the game and had put 167 on the board with the help of a half-century from the then-Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma and a few cameos from Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Krunal.
Last time When India and WI played at Lauderhill, Florida
India won by 22 runs on DL
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Krunal then went on and played a significant role for India with the ball too, as he got a couple of crucial wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell. Pooran and Powell had put on a 76-run partnership for the third wicket, which was threatening to take the game away from India.
But, once those two wickets fell, West Indies couldn’t keep up with the required run rate and when the match ended early because of rain, the hosts were 22 runs behind where they needed to be according to Duckworth and Lewis method.
Team India practicing at Florida, USA ahead of the 4th T20I match against West Indies. pic.twitter.com/h4RpjJ4UOj
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