Full squad: Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford and Oshane Thomas. He would look to carry his fine form from the ODI series, in which he finished behind Kohli, with 389 runs, at a staggering average of 129.66.
West Indies chief selector Courtney Browne confirmed Russell's unavailability for the India series but did not give the details of his injury.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal. India's last win against the Windies came way back on March 23, 2014 in the World T20 in Bangladesh.
Pant is expected to fulfil the wicket-keeping responsibilities while Karthik could take on one of the positions in the outfield.
Captaincy seems to bring out the best in Sharma who notched up 317 runs (average 105.66) in five innings in their title-winning campaign at the Asia Cup. Russell was not part of West Indies' ODI team due to injury, according to a release sent by Windies Cricket.
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In 2018, Dhoni, who has also captained India to 50-over World Cup glory in 2011, managed only 245 runs at 27.22 in 17 matches.
All-rounder Krunal Pandya in all likelihood will make his senior India debut after being named in the final 12 for the clash. Krunal Pandya may get a look in ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal.
Coming to the T20 games, India will start as favourites after cantering to a 3-1 ODI series win and two test victories prior to that.
West Indies allrounder Andre Russell will not be part of the T20I series against India, after it emerged on the eve of the first match in Kolkata that he was injured and had not yet arrived in the country.
With regular skipper Virat Kohli and ex-skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni missing the series and West Indies squad boosted by the inclusion of T20 specialists like Kieron Pollard, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo and skipper Carlos Brathwaite, it promises to be a keen contest.