West Indies have started their campaign in a perfect fashion with a convincing win against Sri Lanka and honestly I am not surprised with their comfortable win in the first game.
They were a completely different side on their home turf and when Gayle fires not many games will be lost by West Indies. He has once again showed how dangerous he is in conditions where there is no sideways movement and the small total of Sri Lanka was surpassed with lot many overs to spare.
Gayle will not fire everyday and the West Indies line-up will have to find new match-winners to keep the consistency going, which is so important in competitions.
In their second game of the tournament today they will be up against a team who is in terrific form and will test the West Indians a lot more than what Sri Lanka did in the first game.
As predicted before the start of this tournament, two spinners will be very crucial to both the sides and this particular factor will continue to be important in the second game as well.
What happens with a lot of these tri-series matches is, that they are played at the same venue and so the pitches start drying up as the tournament progresses.
This is the reason why India got so dangerous in the Champions Trophy because the wickets started taking a lot of spin, something which has not happened before in the month of June in England.
I don’t see India changing the squad which played in England as it has immense balance in it. The form of the spinners have been the reason for their success and once again India will bank on the two spinners, Jadeja and Ashwin, to be the main force.
The key for West Indies will be how well they bat against Jadeja and Ashwin and they will need to play one more left-hander in the middle-order to counter the in-form Jadeja.
The West Indies will need to play differently if they have to beat young rising India because I don’t see them getting past India if they don’t start thinking out of the box.
They will also have to get the Indian batters out as not many teams have been able to do that in the recently concluded tournament.
For India the biggest challenge will be to wake up for the game. They have won a major ICC trophy and this tournament will be a huge challenge. I will really be keen on watching Dhawan and Jadeja.
The reason for this is because the whole world will be waiting to see whether they can match one big performance with the other. There are not many holes in this team in the manner they have played in the recent past but in this game if you sit back after a success it can come back and hurt you.
So the biggest challenge for this young team, rightly appreciated for their recent show in England, will be this tournament and next six months.