Match starts at 7 p.m.
Wicketkeeper-batsmen Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik have been named in the 12-man squad but the Delhi Daredevils youngster, who had set Indian Premier League 2018 on fire, is all set to don the gloves.
Russell was supposed to join the T20I squad in Kolkata with another six players, but he was not present at the venue iduring any of the practice sessions in the last three days.
With Kohli rested for the three matches, Rohit Sharma will lead the side against the reigning T20 champions.
With Rovman Powell still new to global cricket, much then will rest on the shoulders of veterans Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin, while captain Carlos Brathwaite's role will also be pivotal.
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (Capt.), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Shai Hope, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas, Khary Pierre, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran.
A weakened but still risky West Indies will clash with powerhouses India in the opening Twenty20 global here Sunday, hoping to spring a surprise and also halt their decline in what has become their most successful format.
"There will be an official update", West Indies media manager told media at the news conference.
The Indian team has been on a roll at home for quite some time and against a weakened Windies have looked invincible for most parts of the series.
India's handed debuts to left-arm spin-bowling allrounder Krunal Pandya and left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed in their first-ever T20I at home without MS Dhoni.
The first T20I between India and West Indies is being telecast on Star Sports 1 and 1 HD, Hindi 1 and Hindi 1 HD and Tamil 1.
Russell was slated to arrive on November 1 along with other T20 specialists like skipper Carlos Brathwaite.
The Eden centre strip promises to be full of runs, and batsmen from both sides will look to make merry.
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