Kohli's absence would mean KL Rahul will come into the picture while Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant are expected to add firepower in the middle order alongside Krunal Pandya. The seasoned Mumbai batsman was the second highest scorer behind Kohli, scoring 389 runs at 129.66, that included two hundreds.
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.
India's last win against West Indies came way back on March 23, 2014 in the World T20 in Bangladesh, and Sharma will have his task cut out in his quest to start well at his happy hunting ground. Andre Russell and Sunil Narine are injured at this time. The Caribbeans enjoy a 5-2 head-to-head record against India in T20Is.
Struggling of late, India opener Shikhar Dhawan was seen having a prolonged net session as the left-hander was first enter and last to leave after team's three-hour session on the eve of the clash. While he was named in the T20I squad, he was left out from the ODI team with Cricket West Indies citing an injury as the reason for his exclusion. India have played a total of 104 T20I matches since the format's debut in 2006 and Dhoni has been part of 93 of those matches. The most probable option to be left out out of these 12 looks to be Yuzvendra Chahal as Krunal Pandya provides an all-round option at number seven.
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Kohli, who recently led India to a 3-1 ODI series win over the Windies, said that Dhoni is only trying to help the youngsters. Although in-form Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not feature in the match, stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and his men are still more than capable to steal a result.