Rajneesh Gupta presents a comprehensive statistical analysis of the two teams ahead of the upcoming T20I series.
Cricket will break new frontiers when India, the world’s most-followed team, takes on World champions the West Indies in a two-match Twenty20 International series in the United States this weekend.
The matches will mark the first full-member games in the United States in four years, since New Zealand played the West Indies in a two-match T20 series in 2012.
The matches will be played on August 27 and 28 at the Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, a month after six Caribbean Premier League games were staged there.
Overall, four T20 Internationals have been played in Florida; New Zealand played Sri Lanka in 2010 before taking on the West Indies two years later at the same venue.
The Broward Stadium is the only ground in the United States that meets international cricket specifications, and organisers say they have invested about $1.4 million to bring it up to standard, including tweaking the floodlights to point at the pitch and erecting big video screens.
The United States is a big market to crack for cricket’s bosses and the Twenty20 format is the most appealing form of the game to achieve that end in the face of traditional US sports, thanks to its explosive batting and relatively short matches.
On the field, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian side will be keen for revenge after being beaten in the World T20 semi-finals by the West Indies, who went on to beat England and claim their second World title in the shortest format.
Overall, India have a better record in T20Is, with a victory percentage of 61.84, 47 wins out of 76, while the West Indies have 40 wins from 77 games.
However, the West Indies have a better head-to-head record against India, winning three out of five matches.