Pacer Navdeep Saini made his ODI debut for the Men in Blue as he replaced an injured Deepak Chahar in the third and final ODI against West Indies at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday. Skipper Virat Kohli handed over the cap to Saini, giving him an encouraging pep talk before the game began. India eye to win the third and final ODI to seal the series and end the year on a high note while West Indies will hope to upset the number one ranked ODI side. Navdeep Saini, who was earlier picked up in the T20 format, was congratulated by coach Ravi Shastri and his other teammates as he received his cap from skipper Virat Kohli.
Skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first, putting the Men in Maroon to bat first in the decider. Announcing just one change, Virat Kohli mentioned Saini making his debut replacing an injured Chahar. West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard said that the team looked to post a good total and revealed that West Indies were going in with an unchanged line-up.
'The spinners will like this pitch, there are some cracks and it might open up. It's a little soft underneath, will help the ball to grip and turn. Dew is always a factor here, it will be a consideration for the team winning the toss', reckon Sunil Gavaskar and Murali Kartik, in the pitch report
Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini
Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell