Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian side in the absence of Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the series.
For left-arm orthodox Krunal, bowling figures of one for 15 off four overs was a great way to make a debut but it was Kuldeep Yadav who excelled once again at the Eden Gardens.
The first T20I will start at 7 pm local time and 2:30 pm BST. The left-armer is familiar with the conditions at the Eden Gardens, having played all his IPL cricket for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
All-rounder Krunal Pandya, who has been consistent in IPL over the years, is in the squad and is likely to make his global debut today if India decide to go in with a third spinner.
Months earlier, the Windies had also overcome the Indians in Mumbai, in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup, and Brathwaite said he was hoping for similar results in the three-match series.
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. It was 4/45 when Pant fell, worse than West Indies who were 4/47, before Karthik and Pandey absorbed the pressure with a 38-run stand and before he and Pandya took India home.
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While Darren Bravo is set to play for West Indies for the first time in two years, dashing all-rounder Pollard will don the national jersey for the first time in a year.
Shimron Hetmyer would like to carry his form from the ODIs to the T20Is.
Star all-rounder Andre Russell was forced to skip the West Indies team's practice session on the eve of their first T20I against India after missing a connecting flight from Dubai. Shahbaz Nadeem and Khaleel Ahmed have also been named for this series. The visitors though have struggled in their favourite format in the ongoing year, managing only two wins from nine matches so far.
Here's a look at the predicted playing XIs of both teams. Hosts India have been dominating them since the start of the series in October.
Fans were unhappy with the team India's captain Virat Kohli's decision to not send MS Dhoni out to bat which would have seen him score 10,000 ODI runs after he was just a one-run away from reaching the milestone.